Will Charles Street restaurant owners make it? I spoke with one restaurant owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, is concerned about how he can function with limited capacity.
Many restaurant owners who’ve been forced to close their businesses because of the coronavirus pandemic wonder if they’ll be able to hold out long enough to re-open for in-door seating.
Bills are mounting and some worry they won’t be able to pay up even with support through the federal government’s massive $2 trillion stimulus package, according to Bloomberg. That could mean a wave of closures this summer here in Boston.
The Joint Charles Street Committee is proposing a pilot program that would reconfigure Charles Street to allow restaurants to have more outdoor seating while reducing it from three travel lanes to two.
Ali Ringenberg, a Beacon Hill Civic Association board member, co-president of the Beacon Hill Business Association and co-chair of the Joint Charles Street Committee – a collaboration between the Civic Association and the Business Association – detailed the plan during the first virtual meeting of the Civic Association’s Traffic and Parking Committee on Thursday, June 4.
The Joint Committee is proposing a street configuration with sidewalks on both sides measuring eight feet in length; eight feet reserved for parking; and two travel lanes each extending 10 feet, she said, while the amount of additional sidewalk space that participating restaurants receive would be based in the length of their building facades
The big question: How long will this take? Will it come in time?