New Yorkers Flock Back to Restaurants as Outdoor Dining Springs Up Everywhere
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New Yorkers Flock Back to Restaurants as Outdoor Dining Springs Up Everywhere

Drivers or pedestrians who passed by Second Avenue between 48th and 49th Streets couldn’t help but notice the balloons where cars used to park. “Welcome back to outdoor dining,” read a colorful sign belonging to Barnacho, a Mexican restaurant. Behind the balloons, there were six tables on the asphalt where customers will be seated, in addition to seven tables occupying the sidewalk. Welcome to phase two of New York’s reopening.

“This is our way to say how thankful we are just for staying alive,” said Jennifer Porto, a waitress at the restaurant. She knows several small business owners who had to shut down and fire their staff during the city’s lockdown. “And the balloons are here to make sure everyone sees us.” At 12:30 pm, only two of the 13 tables were occupied, but…

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