Restaurants Hope Outdoor Dining Is Here To Stay

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July 01, 2020 - 6:07 pm

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    NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Restaurant owners in the Bronx are hoping outdoor dining can become a normal part of life after coronavirus. 

    In the Belmont section of the Bronx, Arthur Avenue is what’s known as “Little Italy,” and WCBS 880’s Kevin Rincon reports the street has been looking European lately with tables set up along the curb in what used to be parking spots. 

    “I hope it never goes away quite frankly. In crisis there's opportunity sometimes and so hopefully long term we can keep this alive,” says Peter Madonia, owner of Madonia Brother’s Bakery.

    With coronavirus cases spiking in other states and renewed concern about indoor dining, he says outdoor eating creates an opportunity to avoid disaster.

    “Having to shut down again, I think would be a death nail for a lot of restaurants in this city, generally,” he said.

    Robert Asti, the general manager of Enzo's, says they had to change how they do things.

    “If it's for the better people's health, by all means, we care about people's safety, we care about people's health,” Asti said. “We do an immaculate job cleaning our restaurant and we want to continuing making sure all of our clusters and our workers are healthy.”

    He says before the pandemic he did everything inside, here at night the street is shut down for social distancing and it's given businesses the chance to survive.

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