UCD's Outdoor Dining Webinar Recording + Additional Resources

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Apr 07, 2021 7 days ago

As part of our efforts to provide support to small businesses throughout our neighborhood, we recently held a Zoom webinar with local restaurant operators to discuss outdoor dining. UCD's Margaret Starke and Nate Hommel were joined by representatives from Metropolitan Bakery, Jezabel's Cafe, and New Deck Tavern to discuss permitting and seating options for sidewalk cafes, streeteries, and temporary street closures. We also touched on contractors and builders who can build partitions, planters, and platforms. Click here or below on the video to view the webinar, and keep scrolling for other useful information!

Here are some useful timestamps to help you view the video:

  • To hear more about SIDEWALK CAFES, skip to minute 5
  • To hear more about STREETERIES/PARKLETS, skip to minute 17:30
  • To hear more about TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES, skip to minute 30



If you are seeking contractors or builders to construct partitions, planters, or platforms, we have the following recommendations:


Update Your Info with UCD:

If you own or operate a restaurant within UCD's coverage area, please fill out this form so we can ensure we have your most up-to-date contact information. We will use this information solely to communicate restaurant-related news, events, and promotions with you. 


Additional Resources:

  • If you're looking for additional support getting your outdoor dining set-up and permitted, contact Nate Hommel at [email protected]
  • For restaurants and businesses looking to host a vaccination clinic, many have had good experiences with Centennial Pharmacy.  You can request a Covid-19 Vaccination clinic here: https://www.centennialpharmacy.com/vaccination-clinic
  • Pennsylvania House Bill 452 has passed and provides that the Liquor Control Board under the Governor's Emergency Order, will allow licensed premises to extend liquor service beyond the serving area and to immediately adjacent areas.  Additionally, no fee will be applied for this extension (refunds are provided for those who have already paid). More can be found on this bill here: Bill Information - House Bill 452; Regular Session 2021-2022 - PA General Assembly (state.pa.us)
  • The U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) Restaurant Revitalization Fund grant provided for through the American Rescue Plan Act will provide $28.6 billion in grants to restaurants and bars.  In preparation for applications, it was announced that restaurants will NOT need to sign up for a SAM.gov account or be required to have a DUNS number to apply. The National Restaurant Association has a specific website resource to track this legislation and provide additional resources here: https://restaurantsact.com/rrf/
  • The Pennsylvania Covid-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP) has received only 600 applications and we want to encourage everyone to apply for this benefit - $17 million available.  The deadline for applications has now been extended to 11:50pm on April 12th and applications can be found herePIDC Philadelphia

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