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Houston extends outdoor dining along Main Street, with plans for more

Houston City Council voted Wednesday to make permanent a program established during the pandemic to help restaurants. 


The outdoor dining area at Finn Hall in downtown Houston.


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During the pandemic, the City of Houston implemented a program to help some restaurants expand outdoor dining by closing some streets to traffic so restaurants could set up more tables.

The program was renewed last year, and it was set to expire at the end of this month. However, on Wednesday, City Council voted to renew the program permanently.

In the audio above, we discuss how expanded outdoor seating has helped those area restaurants, how it could help other restaurants in the future, and how the restaurant industry is faring with Melissa Stewart, executive director of the Greater Houston Restaurant Association.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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