If you want to salmon, Indian food, food court meals or a pint of beer, about 20 Richmond restaurants and food and drink establishments have received temporary patio licences for outdoor dining.
Currently, indoor dining is banned by the provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, to curb the spread of COVID-19, at least until after the May long weekend.
The City of Richmond is expediting temporary patio licences to allow restaurants to have patrons eating outdoors.
Currently, the following restaurants have been issued a permit: Sockeye City, The Fish Man, Tandoori King Café, Gyu-kaku, 75 West Coast and Grill, Davood's Bistro, Cora Breakfast and Lunch, Milltown Pub & Grill, Tugboat Annie's, Arc Iberico, CF Richmond Centre, Five Roads Brewing, Lulu Island Winery, Country Vines, Pioneer Pub, Fuggles & Warlock, Afuri Ramen, O'Hares, Xialongkan and Tasty BBQ Restaurant.
The city is working on about 20 other applications as well.
The Richmond News recently reported on Davood’s Bistro’s patio application in Steveston.
Owner Davood Khatami said he hopes his patio adds to the ambiance of Steveston Village; he also wanted to see the street in front of his bistro turned into a one-way to allow for more patios and room for pedestrians.