Sydney’s hospitality industry supports outdoor dining options


With the City of Sydney waiving all outdoor dining permit fees until June 2022, Sydney’s hospitality industry is supporting fast-track outdoor dining options with new-look street food restaurants. downtown restaurants, bars and cafes.

Launched in December, the initiative offers a free and expedited application process for alfresco dining, with 204 Sydney City alfresco dining permits already granted in the Sydney interior.

Millions of dollars are spent on new alfresco dining. The City of Sydney and the Government of New South Wales have worked together to streamline the free application process and make it easier for businesses to set up tables and chairs in driveways, pathways and parking lots. Concrete barriers decorated with artwork from the city’s sign art collection separate diners from traffic.

Hailed as a ‘game changer’ by local site owners, the initiative is the result of an initial commitment of $ 20 million from the Government of New South Wales and the City of Sydney to support revitalization of CBD struggling with Covid lockdowns.

The city of Sydney has now pledged an additional $ 5.7 million for Al Fresco activations, with $ 3.5 million to extend free alfresco dining through June 2022 and $ 2.2 million additional for downtown events and activations.

The council’s funding commitment comes in addition to an additional $ 20 million from the government of New South Wales for the CBD revitalization program, announced at the Sydney CBD summit in April.

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the success of the outdoor dining initiative shows people are ready to return to the city and support local businesses.

“The city is recovering from its forced hibernation and we are allowing more businesses to go outdoors, which will give our economy another major boost.

“We know people want to get out and enjoy our great city, we’ve seen this with the success of the Sunset Piazza and Culture Up Late programs.

“Making it easier for businesses to embrace Al Fresco dining has worked in tandem with the roll-out of the Dine & Discover voucher program and provided the flexibility to help revive our port city.”

Mayor Clover Moore said that to date 2,690 square meters have been approved under the al fresco program, including new road reassignment and new and extended approvals on the trail, helping to jumpstart economic recovery from the city.

Mayor Moore notes that “the removal of outdoor dining fees was one of the first things we did when the pandemic hit Sydney, to make it easier for restaurants, bars and cafes to function while also encouraging physical distancing.

“People have really embraced it, with participating companies telling us they have hired additional staff and seen an increase in patronage – a crucial help in staying afloat in these difficult times.

“By working with the state government to cut red tape and remove fees for outdoor dining permits, we are supporting local businesses and enabling visitors, residents and workers to enjoy new outdoor dining experiences. air.

“The Covid is not over, and neither is our economic recovery. So to support business and keep people healthy, outdoor meals will be free at least until the end of the fiscal year.”

Of the approved requests, 69% (116) are on the pedestrian lane and 31% (52) on the roadway. A City survey of restaurants and cafes participating in the Al Fresco City outdoor dining program shows that the initiative has given businesses a significant boost:

• 90% said the new alfresco dining was beneficial or even crucial for their business

• 45% employ at least two additional people per week

• 41% increased working hours by 10 hours or more per week

• 58% saw their turnover increase by 10%

Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello said the government was cutting red tape and the cost of doing business in response to the pandemic.

“No administration fees, no rental fees and no deposit fees for outdoor dining, it’s a win-win solution for businesses and Sydney residents who want to spend time together.

Finance and Small Business Minister Damien Tudehope added that “this initiative means sites can apply to turn a parking lot into an outdoor dining area and some sites may request more trail space to attract tourists. clients.

“This is a greater certainty and a greater capacity for the venues so that they can continue to welcome guests and serve quality food and drinks.”

Paul Burnicle, general manager of the Dolphin Hotel on Crown Street, hailed the initiative as a ‘game changer’ when it comes to hospitality, noting “we just put the roadside barriers and the space seems phenomenal.

“It really added another element to our site and to Crown Street as a whole. It’s great to see Sydney come back to life after the year we’ve all been through.

“From start to finish, application to final execution, the whole idea and process was seamless. Congratulations to everyone for making this possible. “

Picture: Sergeant Lok, located in the old heritage-listed police station building of The Rocks

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