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  • City Council creates Citizen Response Task Force, plus more restaurants have been approved to reopen

    Excerpted from the 5/20/20 City Manager's Daily Advisory

    CITY COUNCIL CREATES CITIZEN RESPONSE TASK FORCE -- At the May 18 City Council meeting, Assistant Mayor Splaine and Councilor Deaglan McEachern proposed the formation of Portsmouth Citizen Response Task Force. The Councilors approved the motion unanimously. The Task Force of nineteen members will include representatives of the business community, restaurant owners and managers, non-profit organizations from the arts community and health services, citizens, members of the Economic Development Commission, health care professionals, and city staff members including the City Manager and Health Officer. The representatives will be appointed by the Mayor. All meetings of the Portsmouth Citizen Response Task Force will be public meetings and posted on the City website. For more information, click here

    BUSINESS REOPENING WORK GROUP -- RESTAURANTS -- 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.  As of this afternoon, the following had received approval, though not all plan to open immediately. Always check first, as many have specific reservations requirements.  

    • Portsmouth Lodge of Elks 97
    • Earth Eagle Brewings
    • Wing-itz
    • Botanica
    • Colby's Breakfast & Lunch
    • Lazy Jacks
    • Paddys American Grille
    • Geno's Chowder and Sandwich Shop
    • Surf Restaurant
    • The Beach Plum
    • Bibimbap, LLC (dba Street)
    • Liars Bench Beer Co.
    • Rooftop @ Envio
    • River House
    • The kitchen eatery
    • Martingale Wharf LLC
    • The Oar House
    • Cornerstone West End
    • Mombo Restaurant
    • Vida Cantina
    • Rudis
    • Roundabout Diner
    • Mojos Restaurant
    • The Shanty
    • BRGR Bar
    • Elephantine Bakery
    • The District
    • Raleigh Wine Bar + Eatery

    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, and will report to City Council at their June 1 meeting for further discussion.