Boston’s popular outdoor dining program is returning on Monday, March 22, just in time for spring!
Spring is finally making its way to the city and with it so is outdoor dining! It’s true, temperatures are taking their sweet time to go up, but the slightly warmer and sunny weather of these past few weeks has prompted city officials to start Boston’s popular outdoor dining program earlier than Mayor Walsh had originally anticipated. But while outdoor dining returns for most restaurants today, Monday, March 22, North End establishments will have to wait until Thursday, April 1, to open their patios.
Like last year’s Outdoor Dining Pilot Program, 2021’s program restaurants to apply for a temporary outdoor dining license space, allowing them to convert sidewalks and parking spaces into outdoor dining areas.
“Outdoor dining was one of the bright spots last summer and fall, and we’ve seen the benefits it has had on our neighborhoods: supporting local businesses, a safe and enjoyable experience for restaurant patrons, and an added resource for Boston’s small businesses during this challenging time,” Walsh said in a statement earlier this month. “I’m thrilled we are able to start this program even earlier, and I look forward to businesses and residents taking advantage of it.”
Boston’s outdoor dining program is expected to last until December 1, 2021, weather permitting. All restaurants interested in participating must apply for a license on the city’s website.