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Some restaurateurs steamed to close winter terraces


Owners say they were told they broke public health rules

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They feel like they’ve been kicked on the patio.


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“It’s just unfair,” said Rocco Mastrangelo Jr., owner of Café Diplomatico on College St., describing having to close his heated winter patio at noon Friday after receiving a barrage of warnings for breaking the rules. .

“I’m trying to fight these restrictions and lockdown that have been there for two years and trying to keep my business alive and my staff employed,” he said.

This survival effort will continue without a patio, which Mastrangelo said he never imagined using during the winter months. He had to adapt due to the rules of the pandemic.

“It kept the place open, generated cash flow, employed my staff,” Mastrangelo said.

“It was very important because we were busy. Even though it was (-20 C), I was able to heat it.


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But he said public health rules require him to leave at least two sides of his patio open to air circulation.

“There is no way to open both sides in weather (-20°C) and get the patio to work. It’s crazy”

Mastrangelo is not alone.

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Another College St. restaurant — Tav’s Resto Bar — has also been ordered to close tables on their heated patio.

“We regret to inform you that we have been asked to close our terrace until 31 st “, posted the restaurant Saturday on Instagram. “We have done our best to remain available while adhering to regulations, however, there are those around us who will try to burn you to see the light.”

Tav’s said it would rely on Uber and takeout until lockdown rules change at the end of the month.

The city’s restaurants and bars have tried to capitalize on this latest lockdown by getting creative for the survival of their businesses.


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This includes really focusing on takeout and recently adding heated patios.

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Many of them now have to count until January 31, when they will be allowed to restart indoor dining, but only at 50% capacity.

Mastrangelo said he had been “bombarded” and felt singled out by visits from three different inspectors last week.

The order to close the patio caused immediate and considerable pain to its workers.

“We only do take-out and delivery. This means that I had to lay off a whole group of employees,” Mastrangelo said. “I will try to be ready for January 31.”



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