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Outdoor dining on the streets of Morristown may be extended for two more weeks.
State Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-Boonton) and Morristown officials are working together to urge the Department of Transportation to approve an extension of dining on sections of South Street and Speedwell Avenue. Outdoor dining permits will currently expire on Oct. 15, and Bucco is seeking to push the expiration date to Nov. 1.
If approved, the extension would give Morristown restaurants on the specified streets an extra few weeks to bring in money from patrons dining outdoors. Indoor dining is currently limited to 25% capacity.
Bucco sent a letter to Transportation Commissioner Diane Guttinerez-Scaccettie seeking approval.
“In light of the successful trial run by these responsible establishments, as well as the patrons who have cooperated in all aspects under the circumstances, I believe granting the extension is justified,” Bucco stated in the letter.
Lots of outdoor dining is available on the covered patio of The Grand Cafe in Morristown (Photo: The Grand Cafe)
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The New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association is anticipating 35% of the state’s 25,000 restaurants will permanently close due to the coronavirus pandemic. Indeed, many have already shuttered due to financial hardship. Extending outdoor dining could offer struggling Morristown restaurants another lifeline, said Morristown mayor Tim Dougherty
“If we don’t keep outdoor dining extended until we have 50% capacity for indoor dining, there will be a dramatic impact on our restaurants,” said Dougherty. “They’re all hurting anyway, but it’s better than nothing.”
Dougherty said there have been no traffic issues due to the added barriers on the street that block off the tables from passing cars.
Rebecca King is a food writer for NorthJersey.com. For more on where to dine and drink, please subscribe today and sign up for our North Jersey Eats newsletter.
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