Avoiding restaurant patio pests this summer

By Alice Sinia Efforts to return to pre-pandemic activities coupled with warmer weather means patrons are heading back to restaurant patio dining. At the same time, customers and employees still expect restaurants to do their part in helping keep them safe while they dine. In many ways, restauranteurs already have this top of mind, deploying […]

Win free advertising for your restaurant’s patio

Across Canada, restaurants and foodservice operators face a vitally important summer of both indoor and patio dining as they look to continue to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Operational support is out there from the government and independent initiatives like the Ontario Restaurant & Bar Support Fund. But getting the word out […]

Temporary B.C. patios get path to permanency

Pandemic-prompted temporary B.C. patios could be welcome for the long term at the province’s restaurants and pubs. As a first step to promised new rules, the provincial Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Board (LCRB) will extend current permission for British Columbia’s temporary expanded service areas (TESAs) until June 1, 2022, and continue to accept applications for […]

What today’s diners are looking for in patios

With outdoor dining on various provinces’ agendas heading into summer, David Hopkins offers the need-to-know. By David Hopkins Two years ago, consumers ranked restaurant patios primarily based on their “vibe”, their menu, and their crowd. Now, getting on for 16 months into the pandemic, that can’t be further from the truth. In 2021, it’s all […]

Ontario restaurant patios can reopen from Friday, June 11

Restaurant patios in Ontario began reopening from Friday, June 11 as part of the province’s newly outlined reopening plan. Step One of the plan started on Friday, three days earlier than had been previously planned. The most pertinent news for restaurants and bars is that all outdoor patios in the province are now able to […]

Quebec patios reopen as curfew lifts after nearly 5 months

Dining on Quebec patios can begin again from Friday, May 28 as the province-wide curfew is lifted after nearly five months. Quebec has been under a curfew since Jan. 9 but the province is finally starting to relax measures as the COVID-19 picture continues to improve. From Friday evening, outdoor dining can recommence, albeit with […]

Ontario dining shuts down for at least 4 weeks

Ontario is shutting down all indoor and outdoor dining for a minimum of 28 days in response to rising COVID-19 cases. The province’s self-styled “emergency brake” response includes prohibiting all Ontario dining indoors and on patios, just weeks after many establishments had been allowed to re-open for dining and open patios. Takeout, delivery, and drive-thru […]

Vancouver patios now open for applications

Applications for Vancouver patios are now open for local businesses. As part of the City’s ongoing support for local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, online applications are now being accepted for a temporary patio on public property for the April 1 to October 31, 2021 patio season. Temporary patios on public property include patios on […]