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Best Way to Increase Outdoor Dining (and Drinking) Options in Cincinnati: pandemic-friendly dining pop-ups in Over-the-Rhine and downtown have become a permanent

The City of Cincinnati’s outdoor, pandemic-friendly dining pop-ups in Over-the-Rhine and downtown have become a permanent fixture of the streetscape. The temporary solution to allow restaurants and bars more COVID-friendly seating on select sidewalks and in select streets launched in May 2020 to help businesses stay open while following indoor dining capacity restrictions from the department of health. But the new “streateries” will become permanent via “a combination of parklets and concrete bump-outs/sidewalk expansions” to the tune of around $2 million, says the city. The European-like parklets are being created using high-quality wood decking with railings and planters acting as barriers instead of the former giant orange construction barricades.