BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Four restaurants along North Charles Street will have added outdoor dining starting Thursday as the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore installed a parklet, which brings a dining area to a curbside parking spot.
The partnership worked with Design Collective and OE Customs to created a modular, moveable parklet that will keep diners safe from nearby traffic.
“The idea is to help restaurants like this one here, Cazbar, which doesn’t have enough sidewalk space to allow them to set up tables and chairs outside,” said Mike Evitts of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore.
The parklet also has umbrellas for shade, string lighting, tables, benches and chairs.
Many restaurants who don’t have options of outdoor dining have been looking for ways to still serve customers, while staying safe.
In Maryland, indoor dining is allowed at 50% capacity.
However, a recent increase in coronavirus cases have been linked to bars and non-compliance.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan implored local leaders to make masks and social distancing a requirement at businesses, including restaurants.
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The businesses said the parklets are a boost.
“We’re getting a lot of phone calls, they’re trying to make a reservation, I think it’s just perfect for us,” said Dogan Salis of Cazbar.
The Downtown Partnership’s parklets will now be popping up outside other Charles Street restaurants, here’s the schedule.:
316 N. Charles Street
Thursday, July 16- Monday, July 27
336 N. Charles Street
Tuesday, July 28- Monday, August 10
328 N. Charles Street
Tuesday, August 11 – Monday, August 24
518 N. Charles Street
Tuesday, August 25 – Tuesday, September 8
Hours of service may vary. Diners should contact the restaurants for times and reservations.