City hopes to have permitting process in place for outdoor dining by end of August

A popular pandemic dining option is now making its return.
Published: Jul. 28, 2022 at 1:26 PM HST|Updated: Jul. 28, 2022 at 4:43 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A popular pandemic dining option is now making its return.

Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi and leaders from the restaurant industry gathered in Downtown Honolulu on Thursday afternoon to celebrate the recent signing of Bill 27.

It allows for restaurants to apply for a one-year permit for dining on outdoor city sidewalks.

Restaurants got an early taste of this during emergency COVID restrictions, when social distancing mandates were in place.

And for some businesses, like Yakitori Hachibei, it was a lifeline.

”It was huge. it was vital. We wouldn’t have made it without it,” said managing partner Robert Yamazaki.

“As COVID has progressed, it’s less of a threat, but we still have diners that would enjoy dining outside because it’s safer. On top of that, it’s just nice to be outside, to dine in Hawaii, in paradise.”

The city is still finalizing details of its permitting process and aims to get the program in place by the end of August.

To read the full details of the program, click here.

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