BOSTON (WHDH) — Boston has extended the outdoor dining application deadline for restaurants in the North End.
North End restaurant owners now have until Wednesday April 13 to apply for the right to provide patio seating.
The announcement comes as restaurant owners continue to oppose the $7,500 fee Mayor Michelle Wu has put in place for the right to offer outdoor dining on North End streets this summer. .
Wu recently defended the payments, saying they were necessary to cover city costs due to the high density of restaurants in the historically Italian north and the resulting unique quality of life issues associated with traffic, pedestrians, garbage collection and rodent control in the area.
Every other Boston neighborhood has already launched outdoor dining for the season. The North End can start its season on May 1.
Boston began allowing restaurants to offer outdoor dining two years ago to boost business during the coronavirus pandemic.
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