Outdoor dining got the green light to open by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday, June 10, as part of Phase 2 of NY Forward, and a significant number of local restaurants are participating. As …
Outdoor dining got the green light to open by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday, June 10, as part of Phase 2 of NY Forward, and a significant number of local restaurants are participating. As expected, there are restrictions involved with dining, like 50-percent normal occupancy and mandated facemasks.
“Our restaurants will be able to put out tables and chairs, especially our waterfront restaurants that we are very worried about,” said Donna Perricone, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Bay Shore. “They have a limited season; it is usually June through August and a little bit of September. We are delighted that we are going back to outdoor dining.”
Perricone particularly named Nicky’s on the Bay as well as Fatfish, considering their limited seasons. But she said all the restaurants in Bay Shore she has been in contact with will be pouncing on the opportunity Phase 2 has to offer in outdoor dining.
Gary Teich, president of the East Islip Chamber of Commerce, pointed out Shandon Court on East Main Street as opening for outdoor dining, with seats in front of the storefront.
“They are excited to get going with it,” Teich said. “It was a move in the right direction.”
He also made note of the importance of the waterfront restaurants opening, like Bayside Clam and Grill Bar in East Islip Marina Park.
Teich said that the Town of Islip has been playing an organizational role in order to get information out to residents regarding what is open.
“The Town of Islip has been phenomenal. They have been pushing us to get the information out on businesses and their accommodations for opening and how they are going to do business,” he added.
Other than outdoor dining for restaurants, Phase 2 allows for several other types of businesses to open to 50-percent capacity with strict facemask mandates. These business types include office-based jobs, real estate, barbershops, salons, vehicle sales (including rental, repair and cleaning) and barbershops. While restaurants are still restricted from indoor dining, retail has been allowed more services, such as in-store shopping.