The Sacramento City Council voted unanimously in support of a program that will permanently allow al fresco dining Tuesday afternoon. It goes into effect Fri., July 1.
City officials have been preparing to set the table (or patio) with the Al Fresco Dining Program since June 15, 2021 — when the council extended the temporary program for outdoor dining brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic until June 30, 2022.
The formalized program recognizes that these spaces, which were crucial to keeping many of our local restaurants open while residents were asked to mask up and social distance, have added to the vibrancyof our communities + are worth investing in.
This design features a large dining area with a walkway in the street. | Graphic via the City of Sacramento
Here are some of the program’s staple features:
Offering five patio designs that are free-of-charge, customizable + durable enough to weather the Sacramento seasons
A simplified permitting process with hands-on support from the city
Increasing outdoor dining capacity for restaurants
Improve patio designs that both elevate the dining experience + are more pedestrian friendly
Funding for the program — $200,000 to be exact — comes from the city’s American Rescue Plan Act Small Business Support Project budget.
However, in fall of 2022, the City Council will reconvene to approve a monthly fee schedule for patio operators, as well as a grant program that will help offset costs incurred from the transition.
Each of the five layouts are free to use + customizable. | Graphic via the City of Sacramento
Following effusive praise for the project from the public and councilmembers, Vice Mayor Angelique Ashby said that this whole development is “one of the great things to have come from the past few years.”
Do you currently operate a patio space in Sac, but aren’t sure about this new program? Don’t put a fork in it just yet — the current allowance for outdoor dining has been approved for another year.
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Corner House Comedy | Thurs., June 23 | 7:30-9 p.m. | 3501 59th St. | $10 | This standup showcase features local + visiting comedians in a private backyard setting.
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DOCO Makers Market | Sat., June 25 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | 405 K St. | Free | The outdoor pop-up is back with arts + crafts vendors in the main plaza. 🛍️
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