Massachusetts restaurants have been closed for dine-in service since mid-March in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Reopening day is almost here — and it comes with a lot of restrictions. Gov. Charlie Baker will announce on June 6 whether phase two of the state’s reopening plan will begin as hoped on June 8. If so, restaurants will be among the businesses that can reopen, but only outdoor dining will be allowed to start. Indoor dining will resume at a later date within phase two, to be announced. With each phase slated to last for at least three weeks, depending on how the coronavirus numbers are trending, that could mean that indoor dining returns in mid-to-late June.
Note: In addition to restaurants, phase two includes some bars, breweries, wineries, distilleries, and beer gardens — the ones that provide seated food service. The rest will have to wait for phase four, along with nightclubs. (An earlier announcement of the reopening plan included these businesses in phase three, not four.) Phase four will start in late July, at the earliest.
Here is a sampling of local restaurants that have already announced their intention to open outdoor seating areas as soon as possible. Stay tuned for continuing coverage of reopenings as phase two proceeds, and reach out to [email protected] with any information that should be on our radar.
Boston’s licensing board has introduced an expedited process to help restaurants that are not yet set up for outdoor dining get approved quickly, with the board meeting weekly to make decisions on applications. Before the pandemic, restaurants would have to go through a lengthy process involving public hearings and meetings with neighborhood groups. The city is also looking into blocking cars from certain streets to allow more space for outdoor dining.
Here are some Boston restaurants planning to open their patios as soon as they can.
384 Western Ave., Brighton
The Afghan restaurant is planning to resume dine-in service when allowed (including indoor service later in phase two). “We are very lucky to have a large main dining room with a private room that could accommodate several tables that are socially distanced,” says co-owner Baheja Rostami. “We also have an outdoor seating permit from the city of Boston that we were granted last summer. Currently we are working with the landlord to place outdoor seating in the back and also in the front of our restaurant, and we think we have a good chance.” The restaurant is also continuing to offer takeout and delivery. Call (617) 208-8072 for takeout and local delivery orders; delivery is also available via Caviar, DoorDash, and Grubhub.
Buttermilk & Bourbon
160 Commonwealth Ave., Back Bay
The New Orleans-inspired restaurant will open its patio as soon as allowed, and it will operate daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
24 Orleans St., East Boston
The Ducali and Lucia sibling plans to open up its roof deck right away, with distanced seating for 24. Cunard Tavern is also in the final stages of approval for sidewalk seating, according to owner Philip Frattaroli. (He has also applied for sidewalk seating for Ducali and Lucia in the North End, as well as Lucia’s Winchester location, so stay tuned for those to open soon. Plus, the restaurant group’s espresso truck, Caffe Pellicano, will be used to support the sidewalk cafes where possible.)
269 Newbury St., Back Bay
Newbury Street is full of patios, and there will likely be quite a few opening as soon as possible. Japanese izakaya Itadaki plans to open on the first day allowed. “We already have a patio but we are also asking the city to extend it to the sidewalk and onto the parking areas of Newbury Street,” says a representative for the restaurant. “Hopefully the city will allow Newbury Street to be closed off to vehicular traffic so we can use as much space as possible.” The restaurant will also continue to offer takeout and delivery; customers can order takeout directly from the restaurant’s website, and delivery is available via Caviar, DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmates, and Uber Eats. Itadaki also plans to continue offering groceries and bottled beer, wine, and sake with takeout and delivery orders as long as allowed.
Lola 42 and Lola Burger
22 Liberty Dr. and 11 Fan Pier Blvd., Seaport District
Sibling to Nantucket’s Lola 41, Lola 42 serves a menu with global inspiration — everything from Italian to sushi. Its 48-seat waterfront patio will open as soon as allowed, with reservations recommended but not required. And sibling Lola Burger will be serving its full menu on an outdoor patio that seats 30-50 people, spanning the length of the block in front of the former Babbo space. No reservations. At both restaurants, customers will be instructed to download the Toast app on their phone to view the menu, order, and pay. (Disposable menus and credit card payment are available upon request, but no cash will be accepted.) Each will serve lunch and dinner daily, and curbside takeout and delivery options will remain available.
223 Hanover St., North End
The North End seafood restaurant is planning to open its patio as soon as allowed, with indoor dining following once allowed later in phase two. The patio will be open daily from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sibling restaurant Trattoria Il Panino (see below) is also reopening its patio right away, while siblings without patios, such as Bricco and Quattro, will continue to offer takeout and delivery options.
782 Tremont St., South End
The South End Italian restaurant will open its patio as soon as allowed, offering bistro-style seating on Tremont Street and space for larger parties (as large as the state’s guidelines allow) on Massachusetts Avenue. An exact reservation policy is to be determined, but the restaurant is leaning towards call-ahead seating (day of) rather than walk-ins. Mida is also considering adding express lunch service on the patio — stay tuned.
120 Kingston St., downtown Boston
Stillwater, which opened last year, will debut its outdoor dining for the first time this year — June 8 if possible — with reservations available via Resy. Stay tuned for food specials and frosé.
Trattoria Il Panino
11 Parmenter St., North End
Like sibling Mare (see above), this North End Italian restaurant — part of the DePasquale Ventures group — will open its patio right away, followed by indoor dining when allowed. The patio will be open daily from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Many Boston-area cities and towns are trying to find ways to maximize outdoor dining opportunities. In Newton, for example, restaurant owners like Karen Masterson (Johnny’s Luncheonette) are working with the city to create a program called “Newton Al Fresco,” placing picnic tables in parks near restaurants and utilizing more sidewalk space, parking areas, and other spaces for outdoor dining. Needham has similarly set up picnic tables in several common areas; Brockton is allowing outdoor seating at its restaurants for the first time ever; North Attleboro is considering rerouting traffic during certain hours to make room for outdoor dining on several streets; and Waltham is shutting down traffic on several blocks of restaurant-packed Moody Street to make room for tables.
Here are some Boston-area restaurants planning to open their patios as soon as they can.
22 Shipyard Dr., Hingham
The Wahlberg brothers’ waterfront Mediterranean restaurant plans to reopen for outdoor dining — and, later, indoor dining — as soon as the state allows. Alma Nove will resume normal business hours (lunch and dinner daily) and offer a limited menu that includes some of the restaurant’s bestsellers. “We are lucky to have a beautiful patio at Alma Nove that has always been a great spot for dining,” says chef and co-owner Paul Wahlberg. “We hope that we have a perfect summer weather-wise, but if a guest has made a reservation and we experience inclement weather, we’ll always have the option for our guests who have made reservations to pick up or grab delivery so that they can still enjoy a meal from us.”
500 Ocean Ave., Revere
The waterfront restaurant, which opened late last year and serves an Italian and seafood-heavy menu, is reopening as soon as allowed, featuring a 100-seat patio with tables spaced at least eight feet apart. Later in the summer, Dryft will add an outdoor bar area, subject to the state’s guidelines.
Lily P’s Fried Chicken & Oysters
50 Binney St., Kendall Square, Cambridge
This will be Lily P’s first patio season; the restaurant opened in late 2019. The plan is to open the patio as soon as allowed, serving fried chicken dinners, cookies, buckets of beer, screw-top wines by the bottle, and mason-jar cocktails, with all items packaged in to-go containers. The seating will be distanced and cafe-style, first come, first served. The restaurant is still figuring out hours and other details; keep an eye on Instagram for up-to-date information.
243 Hampshire St., Inman Square, Cambridge
Moona, an intimate Eastern Mediterranean restaurant in Inman Square, has obtained permission from its landlord and the city to build a new patio that seats up to 20 people. Dubbed the Moona Oasis Patio, it’s a tribute to now-closed neighbor Oasis, a longtime spa that closed earlier this year. Moona’s new plant-bedecked patio will open right on June 8 (if allowed), operating from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily, and it’ll have a bar cart. No reservations in advance, but you can call ahead when you’re already on the way over to hold a table. The eight to 10 tables will be spaced six feet apart, with social distancing decals acting as reminders. Stay tuned for new dishes, especially seafood, as well as new seasonal cocktails. There will also be seasonal ice cream and sorbet flavors from Cambridge’s own Honeycomb Creamery.
Semolina Kitchen & Bar
572 Boston Ave., Medford
While Dave’s Fresh Pasta sibling Semolina won’t be returning to full table service right away, it will continue to offer takeout — and, when allowed, permit patrons to eat their food at 20 or so distanced tables on the restaurant’s spacious patio. Staff will be stationed on the patio to take drink orders, and Semolina requests that customers keep masks on whenever interacting with staff. The restaurant will likely be open for dinner only, six days a week (closed Sundays). Takeout and delivery orders can be placed directly on the Semolina website (preferred), but delivery is also available via Caviar, Grubhub, and Uber Eats.
The Smoke Shop BBQ
1 Kendall Sq., Kendall Square, Cambridge; 325 Assembly Row, Somerville
The Smoke Shop will open its newly expanded patios at the Cambridge and Somerville locations as soon as allowed and hopes to reopen for indoor dine-in service on the first allowable day later in phase two as well, but that will depend on how fast the restaurants are able to make some changes, such as adding plexiglass barriers between booths since the booths can’t be moved to be spaced six feet apart. To start, the restaurants will be using disposable paper menus but plan to switch as soon as possible to Bbot, technology that allows for online ordering and paying. The Smoke Shop also plans to continue its weekly pop-up collaboration with Flour Bakery as long as customers remain interested in it.
Union Street Restaurant
107R Union St., Newton
The restaurant is opening its “invitingly spacious” patio on the earliest allowable day. Union Street is also offering takeout and delivery for dinner daily; call (617) 964-6684 to order. Delivery is also available via DoorDash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats.
19 Shipyard Dr., Hingham
The original Wahlburgers location will open its patio seating as soon as allowed and is working with the town of Hingham to see if it’s possible to add any additional seating in and around the existing area. A limited menu is available to start. Takeout and delivery continue to be available, too.
350 Third St., Kendall Square, Cambridge
Like Semolina (see above), Za isn’t offering full table service right away, but customers can order inside and eat outside on the patio starting on Tuesday, June 9, if allowed (and weather permitting). Takeout is also available via the Ritual app, and delivery is available via Caviar and DoorDash.
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