Pop-up Dining Program (copy)

A series of water-filled plastic barriers were set up last year on Patrick and Market streets to give restaurants in downtown Frederick additional space for outside seating. The city is set to bring this back, but on a limited basis.

Outdoor, pop-up dining on North Market Street in downtown Frederick will return this summer, but on a limited basis.

The city will close off North Market Street between Patrick and 3rd streets from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on June 26, July 24, and Aug. 28 to allow participating restaurants to place tables in the street for expanded outdoor dining opportunities.

The city offered similar opportunities on weekends last summer to provide restaurants with expanded capacity while indoor dining was either banned or extremely limited.

Many restaurants have also added “parklet” outdoor spaces to expand capacity, which will stay in place.

The city's aldermen approved the pop-up dining program in the spring of 2020, and it is permissible until either 30 days from the end of the city's state of emergency or Oct. 31, whichever comes first. The city's pandemic state of emergency remains in place.

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Ryan Marshall is the transportation and growth and development reporter for the News-Post. He can be reached at rmarshall@newspost.com.

(15) comments

C.D.Reid

Well, there's three dates that the blm jerks can mark on their calendar to go yell and scream at people trying to have a nice quiet dinner.

Piedmontgardener

Well, that's adding something of value to a conversation...

bosco

Piedmont...are you saying that parklet diners were not subjected to verbal abuse by the BLMers last summer?

Piedmontgardener

I'm saying you clowns seize on any opportunity to cast aspersions on a movement that was peaceful in our town. I've read enough of both of your comments to know exactly what you think.

bosco

So blocking traffic, walking out onto I70, harassing parklet diners, and spraying graffiti is OK with you since they didn't burn and loot? I've read enough of the comments here to know exactly what you think as well - that the "Summer of Love" was "mostly peaceful" and nobody was killed during the "mostly peaceful" looting and burning.

C.D.Reid

Piedmont, if you think that blocking traffic in the streets and getting in the faces of people who are simply trying to have a nice, quiet dinner, screaming at them, harassing them, and demanding that they acknowledge their "cause" is a "peaceful movement," then YOU are definitely part of the problem, not the solution. That was disgusting behavior and anyone who condones it is an idiot too.

C.D.Reid

Dang bosco, you beat me by a minute this time. Does that mean I'm posting as you now? The fool must be getting pretty confused, huh? [lol][lol][lol]

bosco

Keep 'em guessing. Awt is back at it again with his same old "no evidence" evidence. He won't admit he jumped to a conclusion by delusion.

Enjoy the weekend, rainy though it may be. [thumbup]

C.D.Reid

You too, bud. Looks like it won't clear up until Monday, though. Today and tomorrow are just the kind of days I like to stay in and be with my wonderful little wife. [thumbup]

Greg F

I would cite the success of State Street in Madison, WI as how walkable downtown aras work. The entire street is walking only except busses/taxis. It is wildly successful. There should be more parking lots available if this is longer term, and could be a nice permanent thing.

FlagstaffTM

"Short-sighted!" - you clearly don't live downtown. All closing Market street does is push patrons looking to park and excess traffic onto side streets where residents live and park. Glad it will only be for a few select days.

Reader1954

closed completly or just down to 1 thru lane?

bpsws

Short sighted! Why not all of the time? If a large section of Broadway in Uptown, NYC can close permanently for dining and pedestrians, surely Frederick City can do the same.

sevenstones1000

Because Market Street is a main artery through down town. All those cars are just supposed to fly? You think East St can handle it all? Wrong.

eastmoonrabbit

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