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Schommer said this might allow some restaurants to reopen safely that couldn’t have before.
“We want our restaurants to open up as strongly as they can,” Schommer said. “If, among all the other things that have been thrown your way, outdoor space is keeping you from opening your business, we want to take that barrier away.”
Now that the legislation has been passed, Schommer said the city and the Huber Heights Chamber of Commerce will work to inform restaurants that they have this temporary waiver of city code.
The Heights Cafe on Chambersburg Road has been looking into bringing trays to serve people in their cars in the parking lot, a manager said. The possibility for outdoor seating, however, would be something the restaurant would strongly consider, she said, since their indoor space is limited.
Patty Routzahn, manager at TJ Chumps located on Executive Boulevard, said their existing patio has about 25 tables, but the restaurant is excited about the possibility of expanding on that number.
“Any kind of support we can get right now is great,” Routzahn said. “We are really looking forward to opening on Friday and I’ve gotten calls from some of our regulars who I know are excited to come in, too.”
Schommer said he is not aware of other communities doing this, but hopes nearby cities will also do this to help their local businesses.