Outdoor Dining Returns, Cautiously

Shotti’s Point on Fort Avenue started offering outside dining along Webster St. on the weekend of May 29.

On the second weekend of outdoor dining in Baltimore since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, about a dozen establishments on the peninsula and vendors in Cross Street Market are offering that option.

Baltimore Mayor “Jack” Young announced the new policy on May 28 to allow only restaurants with outdoor dining permits to resume that service beginning May 29 at 5 p.m.

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As of June 3, these peninsula establishments were offering outdoor dining: Barracudas, Bodhi Federal Hill, Checkerspot Brewing Company, Diamondback Brewing Company, HomeSlyce, Little Havana Restaurante y Cantina, Mother’s Federal Hill Grille, Nick’s Fish House, Rowhouse Grille, Shotti’s Point Charm City, and SoBo Café.

In addition, customers of these Cross Street Market vendors currently offering carryout and window service can use the outdoor tables along the south side of the Market: Annoula’s Greek Kitchen, Cans Filling Station, Gangster Vegan, Ono Poke, Pizza Di Joey, Sobeachy Haitian Cuisine, Southside Burger Bar, Steve’s Lunch, and Taco Love Grill.

Outdoor tables for customers of Cross Street Market on E. Cross St.

Peninsula residents did not seem to be in a rush to resume eating outside. Less than 10% of people responding to a poll about the return of outdoor dining  on the Federal Hill United Facebook group page between May 28 and 31 indicated they planned “to dine out right away.”

City policy requires establishments to take steps to protect patrons’ health while dining outdoors. Those steps include “ensuring patrons are appropriately distanced with no more than six people seated at a table, with the exception of members of the same household; using single-use disposable paper menus or sanitize reusable menus between each seating; and ensuring staff wear masks or face coverings when interacting with other employees or patrons.”

It’s likely that more peninsula restaurants will be offering outdoor dining soon, thanks to the city’s expedited application process for establishments that do not have outdoor seating permits. Applications for these temporary permits were being accepted starting June 1.

If you know of other peninsula restaurants currently offering outdoor dining that are not listed here, please email bmorepeninsulapost@gmail.com and we will add it to the Peninsula Food & Drink Directory.

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