After Mayor Hogsett’s announced plan yesterday, we have received clarification on the City’s plans to allow restaurants to re-open with outdoor seating only. Deputy Mayor Bennet spoke with our Executive Director today, and here are the highlights.

  • The City is looking to support business owners in their efforts to re-open safely for outdoor seating.
  • They are open to a range of creative ideas to serve guests safely, such as:
    • temporary tents in parking lots
    • activating alleys and other public spaces for shared restaurant seating (food court style)
    • closing streets or portions of streets to accommodate social distance guidelines
    • other ideas business owners have to start service in way that meets the Phase II guidelines
  • If you would like to re-open, please fill out this form. It will go directly to the City (Department of Business and Neighborhood Services).
  • The City is going to make every effort to accommodate temporary permits and expedite the process so food establishments can re-open as quickly and as safely as possible.

If you have further questions about specific ideas for your business, please contact the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advocate for Broad Ripple, Natalie van Dongen. You can email her here. She will route you to the correct person at the City to help you receive feedback on your