“It’s highly marketable,” said Council Member Mark Drnek, Eighth Ward, who chairs the Survive, Then Thrive committee. “Downtown Oneonta could become the Best Restaurant in New York.”
Restaurants will be able to place tables in front of their restaurants only, as well as determine whether to offer service or ask diners to order take-out. Patrons will still be required to wear masks where social distancing is not possible.
In the future, he said, additional tables could be set out, allowing diners to bring food from multiple restaurants.
Council also approved the submission of a COVID-19 State of Emergency Municipality Application to temporarily extend the sale of alcoholic beverages to the dining areas – and only to dining areas.
“You have to finish your drink at your table,” warned Drnek. “You can’t take it up the street.”
$11,500 in Community Development funding was approved for additional banners, signage and a Blutooth speaker set to play recorded music during the dining hours.