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  • Welcome Outdoor Diners -- from the City Manager's Special 5/18/20 update

    WELCOME OUTDOOR DINERS! The first restaurants offering outdoor dining as of Monday, May 18, 2020 include: 

    • Geno's Chowder
    • Surf
    • Beach Plum
    • River House
    • Martingale Wharf
    • Oar House
    • Cornerstone West End
    • Mombo
    • Envio Rooftop at AC Hotel

    The Business Reopening Work Group, with ongoing input from individual restaurateurs and retail business owners, has detailed a preliminary set of working guidelines designed to translate the Governor’s outlines into fair and practical steps to re-open Portsmouth for outdoor dining.

    The group is working with three different subgroups:
    • Restaurants already permitted for outdoor dining should submit their outdoor seating arrangements and compliance with the new public health guidelines checklist to the Health Department. Click here for details. 
    • Restaurants seeking to offer outdoor dining on private property not already permitted must receive a Building Permit from the Building Inspection. This one permit incorporates both Fire and Health Department review, the checklist and outdoor seating arrangement plan. For the Viewpoint portal application, click here
    • Restaurants requesting new outdoor dining use of space in the public realm. The Work Group is also in discussions with restaurants and others examining other proposals for additional outdoor dining, as a later phase.