Queens Chamber of Commerce and 82nd St Partnership will be presenting


Open Restaurant Program


Webinar on Wednesday August 5th, 2020 with the NYC Department of Transportation DOT


Open Restaurants Program Q&A with DOT


The City of New York has launched the Open Restaurant Program to expand outdoor seating options for food establishments on qualifying sidewalks, curb lanes, and Open Streets. Please join NYC Department of Transportation for an informational webinar about the options available for temporary expanded outdoor dining, and a virtual Q&A session where representatives will address questions from the audience.



Open Restaurant Program is an effort to implement a citywide multi-phase program to expand outdoor seating options for food establishments to promote open space, enhance social distancing, and help them rebound in these difficult economic times.

There are two options for temporary expanded outdoor dining:

  • Open Restaurants – Individual food establishment may apply below​ and self-certify to use the sidewalk or curb lane adjacent to their business.
  • Open Streets: Restaurants – Community based organizations, BIDs or groups of three (3) or more restaurants on a single block may join together to apply online​ for weekend-only outdoor dining on streets closed to traffic. More information and locations on the Open Streets: Restaurants​ program page.


These programs are designed to assist existing food establishments that have been authorized by the Governor of the State of New York to re-open under Phase Two and want to use outdoor areas on a temporary basis. This application is only for food establishments seeking permission to place outdoor seating in front of their establishment on the sidewalk and/or roadway. You do not need to apply to place outdoor seating on private property.


NYC's approach prioritizes geographic equity and allows us to reach the areas most impacted by COVID-19.


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