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New town program allows Huntington restaurants to bring dining to the streets

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Outdoor dining is about to spill onto the streets within the Town of Huntington this spring and beyond.

That’s because the Town Board last week approved a new outdoor dining option for restaurants looking to expand their footprints into a road’s shoulder or parking lane.

Supervisor Chad Lupinacci proposed the measure, which was approved by the rest of the Town Board at its March 16 virtual meeting.

The town is calling it the “Parklet” program.

“As outdoor gathering limits expand more rapidly than indoor limits, we are providing flexibility for food establishments that are eligible to safely expand their outdoor dining footprint past the sidewalk into the street with our new Parklet program,” Lupinacci said in a statement.

Outdoor dining “Parklet” applications can be found on the Town’s Business Reopening Resources page.

They are processed by the Traffic Safety Division.

The entire application process is free, according to the town, as long as the application doesn’t involve a metered parking lane.

If the application involves state roads, the applicant must submit an application to state DOT first, then the town.

All applications and instructions can be found at: https://huntingtonny.gov/reopening#parklet 

Photo: Outdoor dining at The Shed in West Sayville. Credit: The Shed Facebook page.