Even as the state has given restaurants the go-ahead for indoor dining, Natick is moving ahead with plans for four new temporary outdoor dining areas along Main Street and Washington Street.
James Freas, the town’s community & economic development director, will present on the plan at Wednesday night’s Natick Board of Selectmen meeting (June 24). Safety and health officials have already given the plan a thumbs up.
“The four locations identified in phase 1 are intended to serve restaurants in the adjacent buildings. In each case, the Town will provide concrete and steel barricades that will serve to protect restaurant patrons from passing traffic. The restaurants are responsible for providing tables and chairs as well as operating/maintaining the spaces to keep them clean and compliant with COVID 19 restaurant requirements,” according to a document describing the plan.
Restaurants such as Comella’s, Agostino’s, Lola’s and Java’s Espresso Bar & Cafe are among the establishments along these stretches.
The next phase of the expanded temporary outdoor dining plan will add designated pick-up locations, consider partially closed streets, and work non-restaurant businesses into the mix.
Community & Economic Development has also scored a $5K grant to support a public art component to the temporary outdoor dining and business set-up.