BOSTON (CBS) – Restaurant owners in Boston’s North End will have a few extra days to sign up for this year’s outdoor dining program.
The city said that due to technical difficulties with the online registration system, the application deadline was postponed to Wednesday. Initially, the restaurants had until Sunday to join the program.
A virtual meeting will be held on Wednesday afternoon for restaurant owners who need help with registration.
The restaurant owners were in conflict with Mayor Michelle Wu over plans for an outdoor lunch, saying they felt targeted because the only neighborhood was forced to pay $ 7,500 to join the program.
Wu said the North End is unique because there are a large number of terraces that take up parking spaces. The mayor said she was trying to reconcile meals with the quality of life of residents.
Last year, there were 77 outdoor dining terraces on just 0.2 square miles of the North End, including 70 on public property. By comparison, there were 51 backyards in Back Bay with 21 locations on the street. There were 14 in the seaport, seven in Roxbury, six in Charlestown and one backyard in Chinatown.