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Restaurants hope for good weather to boost business

Posted at 5:23 PM, Nov 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-06 17:23:56-05

The warm sun shining, the leaves, the music.. Where are we? The beachno, a restaurant. This nasty virus has forced us into many uncomfortable things: masks, no contact, but outdoor dining?

Gary Beardmore is the assistant GM at the Federal House Bar and Grill. "What took you so long" is what he hears from customers everyday.

"We needed it to survive down here and I think the higher ups in Annapolis and gave it to us," Beardmore said.

And since they moved outside, it's been the talk of the town.

Outdoor dinning has exploded around our state to give restaurateurs a chance to make money after the shut down and restrictions. This is a unique set up, five restaurants are at this corner of City Dock in Annapolis. Only three of the five had room for outdoor seating, so they worked together and all five share this space.

"Everyone realizes this is better for everyone, is why we work together."

Eric Evans is the executive director of the Downtown Annapolis Partnership.

"The group of five all worked together and figured out a way to compromise and share space and survive through this winter season with COVID," Evans said.

"I feel like it's going to be hard to take away especially because we've done it and we've don it successfully," Beardmore said.

Beardmore says he would like to keep this operation going all year long and why not go outside and dine; it's safer and you get to support the local economy.