Curbside Cuisine

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Patrons dine outside The Pepper, a popular Mexican food stop in downtown City of Plattsburgh, on a sunny Wednesday afternoon. The eatery recently set up concrete barriers to form a “parklet” and serve its plates and drinks curbside. Such outdoor dining was typically allowable from May 1 to the end of September each year. Citing COVID impacts on the restaurant industry, city officials voted to extend outdoor dining days for the 2021 season, allowing downtown eateries to offer the service from April 1 to October 17. The extension added a possible 47 additional days and Carol McLean, owner of fellow downtown restaurant Irises Cafe and Wine Bar, was appreciative. “Giving them the choice to be able to enjoy outside or inside will just further their comfort levels and hopefully that translates to more customers and more seats,” she had told the Press-Republican.