City Serves Up "Dine Out Des Moines"

Dine Out Des Moines logoDES MOINES, IOWA – Thursday, June 11, 2020 
– To offset the significant financial loss associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the City of Des Moines is introducing Dine Out Des Moines for local restaurants and bars. The initiative means Des Moines bars and food service establishments could set up service areas outside of their establishments on sidewalks, in parking lots and on Des Moines streets. The City Council approved the measure tonight by a 7-0 vote.

SuAnn Donovan, with the City’s Community Development Department said increasing the footprint of bars d food service establishments will allow them to serve more customers while still maintaining proper social distancing guidelines. 

“We feel this is a great solution for those establishments hit hard by the COVID-19 restrictions. We will help jump start their business, offer an enjoyable outdoor experience and ensure safety to staff and customers,” Donovan said. “The Council has approved a program that eliminates many existing requirements, allowing our staff to issue permits more quickly and in locations not previously allowed.”

Donovan added that City staff will need to see a site plan that outlines the dimensions of the expanded area and any features such as landscaping, fire hydrants and walking areas. There will be an application process along with insurance requirements. Those businesses that need their liquor license to include the newly-expanded area should start by completing an application with the state of Iowa.

Al Setka
Communications Manager, City Manager’s Office 
(515) 283-4057

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