What happens when the great weather comes out? People start to flock out of the office buildings and look for a great outdoor spot to eat lunch and enjoy happy hours all across Massachusetts. Today, for my wife's birthday we wanted to stay in Lynn but there is one place with outdoor seating and not all could agree on lunching in Lynn. So we headed to the many options of Salem and Marblehead with outdoor seating.
Throughout the past 6 years I've had many discussions with restauranteurs about this. It always seems to be a block by city hall. Some odd health code restriction that they have line of sight? In Boston they have roof decks, outdoor tables in back patios and even in alleys alongside their side walls. Certainly no line of sight there. Since we're taking Boston's lead on taxi driver language lessons (oy!) maybe we should look to less restriction on outdoor seating too (bit more productive I would say) and open us up to more interesting opportunities for our restaurants to increase their seating in the warmer months and keep the good weather business IN LYNN.