The plan to extend the ability for downtown Saratoga Springs restaurants to have outdoor dining has been in the works for quite some time. Now the bill has passed where, for the next three years, customers can dine outdoors without worrying about high traffic areas. This plan comes with a few road closures.
What Does the New Bill Allow?
Saratoga Springs Commissioner Dillon Moran has been pushing to change Saratoga's "Chapter 136" ordinance. Moran changed it for the ability for restaurants to apply to expand their establishments to public spaces around their restaurants like sidewalks. It also allows reasonable limitations and procedures with the New York State Liquor Authority, according to The Saratogian.
Commissioner Moran said this about the bill:
Our economy is built on the backbone of small owner-operated restaurants and retail establishments and we took a tremendous hit as a result of the onset of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Though we often focus on the economic outcomes, it was also very clear to us that outdoor dining locations provide the opportunity for our citizens and visitors to our community to enjoy life again even with ongoing concerns due to the pandemic.
The seasonal outdoor dining will run from April 1st through November 1st.
What Streets MAy Close For Outdoor Dining?
According to the plan, these are the streets that would be closed off for outdoor dining.