PLYMOUTH, Mass. — Diners in Plymouth will soon be able to enjoy eating al fresco.
Jeff Zeitz owns Roll Street Tavern on Main Street in Plymouth and said he cannot wait for it to start. He added that outdoor dining kept his new restaurant afloat last year.
“It created a great environment during the beginnings of COVID last year, giving everyone a comfort level and helping all the restaurants in town survive,” Zeitz said.
Nina Peters, who co-owns The Tasty just up the road, agrees, adding it will help restaurants like hers to stay open.
“We certainly looking forward to outdoor dining. This is certainly going to save a lot of us this year,” she said.
Peters said once people dined outdoors, they came back for seconds.
“They loved it. They took a shine to it,” she said.
Altogether, about 120 jersey barriers will be placed in parking spots outside restaurants along Court and Main streets. And they will be a protective barricade for diners who are looking forward to sitting outside again.
“I love it. Just opens up the establishments to more people, helps the local community,” said Chris Gordon, who lives in Plymouth.
Last year, cars were only allowed to drive in one direction; this year it’s back to two-way traffic. But either way restaurant owners are just looking forward to seeing more people, and they also think outdoor dining should stick around.
“We’d love to see that, I think Plymouth is becoming quite the foodie town. There’s a lot of great restaurants here. And it just sets a nice environment, a nice tone,” Zeitz said.
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