FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 2020
Dining and Retail Outdoor Expansion Program in Effect
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the Dining and Retail Outdoor Expansion Program is in effect, which allows businesses to utilize public areas to create more physical space for operation.
The following businesses have opted into the program:
Rough Draft Bar & Books – utilizing two parking stalls for tables
Stockade Tavern – utilizing three parking stalls for outdoor dining
Ship to Shore Bistro – utilizing four parking stalls for expanded outdoor dining, and Sunday road closure
Savona’s Trattoria – utilizing four parking stalls for expanded outdoor dining
"Uptown restaurants – and across Kingston -- are slowly coming back to life. Please help accelerate this increased vibrancy on our nation's 244th birthday and beyond,” said Douglas Koop, Alderman Ward 2.
“We have to be creative to help get our stores back on their feet in this unprecedented time,” said Don Tallerman, Alderman Ward 5. “As businesses have begun to take advantage of the expansion program, the City is still open to partially closing some streets to promote outdoor dining and open air shopping. I encourage all businesses who might be interested to contact the Mayor’s office to make that happen.”
Additional businesses wishing to expand into public space should contact the Mayor’s office to request specific areas, including parking stalls, street access or other common public space at firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-334-3902.
Participating businesses will then be sent the City of Kingston’s Dining and Retail Outdoor Expansion Program packet step-by-step guidance and health guidelines.
Any restaurant with a pre-existing permit to operate outdoor dining on its own property does not have to register with the Mayor’s office, as long as the establishment meets all of the guidelines from the New York State Department of Health.
A survey for residents and participating business owners helped to inform this program. Results of both surveys can be found at: https://engagekingston.com/open-streets-initiative