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Restaurant Reopening Assistance

Creating Welcoming Temporary Outdoor Seating for Restaurants

This design guide for our friends in the hospitality industry demonstrates concepts and solutions to help expand their restaurant operations into the public realm while navigating the challenges of COVID-19. Guide created by Prellwitz Chilinski Associates.

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As restaurants begin to open for outdoor dining, we are calling on our design community to lend a hand. Local municipalities are relaxing permitting requirements and expanding the public realm to allow restaurants to safely accommodate diners.

The Boston Society for Architecture (BSA) and the Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA) are organizing our members to volunteer conceptual design assistance that can help local restaurants design or redesign outdoor seating and also help think about how to redesign interior spaces to respond to evolving COVID-related standards.

Volunteer architects, landscape architects, designers, and students in one of these disciplines will meet with restaurant owners (at the business or digitally) to talk about plans and measure the space. The volunteer will then send the restaurant owner a basic conceptual design sketch of how to reconfigure outdoor and/or indoor space layout.

Please note: Any design requests beyond this are not included in this offer for assistance and volunteers are not being asked to assist with the permitting process for the new seating layout. Measured sketches are for conceptual design purposes to guide layout only; they will not be stamped and are not intended to be used as a construction document.

If you are interested in volunteering to help a business, please complete this brief form.

If you know of a business in Cambridge or Somerville that might be interested in this assistance, please share this request for assistance form.

If you have questions about this process please contact Jennifer Effron: [email protected]

Please note that we are working on having the forms translated.

Resources for Firms: COVID-19

View a collection of resources and assets related to the COVID-19 virus response. We will continue to add resources as they become available.

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