City, Chamber Ready to Aid Restaurants, Bars with Seating

City, Chamber Ready to Aid Restaurants, Bars with Seating Click to Enlarge

(KWNO) The City of Winona and Winona Area Chamber of Commerce are working together to help local bars and restaurants expand outdoor seating.

On Wednesday, Gov. Tim Walz eased restrictions on dine-in service at bars and restaurants by allowing them to serve a maximum of fifty patrons at one time and to only serve them outdoors.

“Our whole hope is that we can find a way- especially for our downtown-to have the maximum opportunity to seat as many people outside as possible, Chamber President Christie Ransom told KWNO’s In the Know Friday. Ransom said the downtown restaurants and bars are at a disadvantage with a lack of outdoor space.

“We are really looking at the opportunity to do anything from just allow sidewalk seating to maybe like we did on 3rd St. last year with a parklet,” City Manager Steve Sarvi told KWNO.

Both Ransom and Sarvi expect an ordinance to allow for expanded outdoor seating to be introduced at the June 1 City Council meeting. Sarvi thinks the council will be flexible.

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