More Portsmouth restaurants OK’d for outdoor dining

PORTSMOUTH — A committee formed to assist with the reopening of downtown businesses, following COVID-19 closures, on Monday approved outdoor dining spaces for four restaurants, reported three others are close to ready, and three more in the Worth lot are approved to open.

The Citizen Response Task Force met Monday afternoon via the Zoom video meeting platform and unanimously approved outdoor dining for the Portsmouth Brewery, Ceres Street Bakery, Cure and Fezziwig’s Food & Fountain. The task force works with businesses to assist with local requirements and inspections needed to open outdoor cafes.

The Portsmouth Brewery, at 56 Market St., was approved Monday to use three parking spaces in front of the brewery and set up six tables with 24 chairs for outdoor dining and imbibing.

Ceres Street Bakery was approved for three tables and 10 chairs on the sidewalk in front of the 51 Penahllow St. restaurant. Task force members noted the Massimo restaurant next door is expected to be approved for outdoor dining at Wednesday’s meeting. Parking on Penhallow Street is expected to be moved to one side to accommodate dining on the other.

Also approved for an outdoor dining area Monday was Cure restaurant at 189 State St. The task force approved dining there at six tables and 24 chairs in three parking spaces in front of the restaurant.

Fezziwig’s, which currently has sidewalk dining in front of its 112 State St. restaurant, was approved Monday for dining in two parking spaces. The spaces were approved for five tables, each a two-seater, and the sidewalk will stay open between those new seats and the existing cafe area.

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The task force reported that during Wednesday’s pending meeting, in addition to expected approval for Massimo’s outdoor dining, Mr. Kim’s restaurant is expected to be approved and Dunbar Square is close to approval.

Ready to open for outdoor dining are the Friendly Toast, La Maison Navarre and Cafe Mediterraneo, in a combined space behind those restaurants in the Worth lot.

It was announced Monday the Friendly Toast will reopen July 6. The restaurant closed in March after a combined water-sewer pipe broke, causing a backup into the restaurant while it was open. While it was closed for cleaning, COVID-19 closures were ordered.

Monday’s restaurant announcements come in addition to other previously approved outdoor dining cafes.

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