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    Cleveland Metroparks opening Merwins Wharf for patio dining, carryout, walk up window service select days – - September 7, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Merwins Wharf will open Thursday for patio dining, carryout and walk up window service, the Cleveland Metroparks said in a news release Monday.

    The restaurant will be open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, when the weather allows. The inside of the restaurant will remain closed.

    Reservations are strongly recommended, and they can be made by calling the restaurant at 216-664-5696 or online. Parties cannot exceed six people, and face coverings must be worn, except when seated.

    Face coverings arent required for people with a medical condition, mental health condition, developmental disability or anyone whos unable to take off the mask without help. Children under 6 also dont need to wear face coverings.

    The restaurant has implemented optional contactless ordering, as well as a contactless menu to help keep customers safe. Patio seating has been adjusted for social distancing and designed so customers also have nice views of the Cuyahoga River and different wildlife in the area.

    Located in The Flats, Merwins Wharf serves dishes such as polish boys, the crispy walleye sandwich and the park district Burger. The restaurant also serves an assortment of beers, wines and various specialty drinks.

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    Patios could give restaurants a fighting chance, but they aren’t a silver bullet – Yahoo News Canada - September 7, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    When is patio season over? It depends on who you ask.

    While restaurants in Calgary aren't banking on a mild and forgiving winter, some will pull out all the stops to keep patios bustling as long as possible.

    On 17th AvenueS.W., Douglas Crossman is seated outside, but ready to leave the cafe patiodark clouds are looming and the wind has picked up. Open to the elements, he'd only last a few minutes outside.

    "We give up on patio season a little bit early," Crossman said. "I hope [restaurants keep patios going] because there are people who are uncomfortable eating inside and in a small, confined space, which I completely understand."

    Ashley Popko said she usually says goodbye to patios at the end of September. But because of the pandemic, she's willing to don a puffy jacket and get cozy with friends.

    "I'm a fairweather patio person," Popko said. "Even today it's a little bit chilly for me. But I think right now it's changed a lot and people are wanting to be outside more."

    To keep him outside for the winter,Crossmansaidrestaurants might need to invest in winterizing patios.

    "The problem with milking the patio season if you haven't bought heaters and you haven't bought, like, the extra tables or the, you know, the enclosures, then it's going to be a little bit more expensive," Crossman said.

    "Otherwise, let's be honest, if it's minus 15, even if you're wearing a puffy jacket, it's hard to eat with mittens."

    Mayor Naheed Nenshi encouraged restaurants to invest in heaters, lamps andeven blankets. He told reporters at a press conference last week that he's concerned if patios close, Calgary's COVID-19 numbers may rise.

    "Keep those patios open as far into the season as we can," Nenshi said. "I am a little bit nervous that even though restaurants are doing a terrific job of managing physical distancing by and large in the restaurant, as the restaurant gets colder there's always a concern that more indoor gatherings will lead to more spread."

    Mark Petros owns Nick's Steakhouse and Pizza near McMahon Stadium. He said typically their patio season can last as long as the CFL season so, November or December, depending on the year.

    Depends on the snow

    "We'll see what happens. Depends on the snow," Petros said.

    Ernie Tsu owns the Trolley 5 Community Brewpub and is on the Alberta Hospitality Association board. He said the group is hoping the province considers easing indoor physical distancing rules so that restaurants have more of a fighting chance.

    "After the high school announcements, we would like to see a little bit of an easement, but again, only if that keeps the public safe at the same time," he said.

    While patios have been a help, he added they are not a saving grace. Restaurants, especially small footprint businesses, are going to need support through the pandemic because they have an extremely limited indoor capacity.

    "They can only operate at 35 per cent capacity once, you know, once the patio is closed. Those are the restaurants that we really, truly worry about," Tsu said.

    "The number one issue is full rent, right? Restaurants that are operating at 30, 40 per cent, 50 per cent capacity. You know, how are they to pay for rent? And that's the largest issue right now."

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    Lord Hobos new Seaport brewery patio opens this weekend – - September 7, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

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    September 4, 2020

    As of 4 p.m. Friday, Lord Hobos new Seaport brewery patio will be open for business.

    Lord Hobo founder Daniel Lanigan confirmed that the 240-person patio will open for the first time Friday. Lanigan signed a lease on the space at Two Drydock last October, promising at the time to open The Taj Mahal of breweries there.

    The COVID 19 pandemic halted the Woburn-based brewerys plans to build out the space inside, but starting this weekend, patrons will be able to enjoy beer, wine, and canned cocktails on the patio seven days a week.

    We decided to shift gears and get our patio up and running, says Lanigan. Originally our patio called for a capacity of 550, which is pretty serious. Now with COVID, and our tables being six feet apart, its 240.

    Lord Hobo Seaport will feature six beers (think flagships like Boom Sauce double IPA and Freebird golden ale) on tap and another 10 in cans. Limited-edition beers like Blackberry Milkshake IPA, usually available only at the brewerys tap room in Woburn, will also be available at the Seaport. In addition to selling brews to consume on-site, Lord Hobo will also sell its beers to-go. A Bon Me truck will be a permanent, seven-day-a-week fixture on the premises.

    Were gonna run the patio every day until it gets too cold, Lanigan said. Its a short season, well probably get two months out of it.

    This is the safest place to have fun, have drinks, sit outside. Probably the safest place is on your couch, but after six months were all tired of that.

    Lord Hobo Seaports patio hours are extensive 3 p.m. to midnight on weekdays, and noon to midnight on weekends at least for now.

    I think we have the latest patio, says Lanigan. A lot of patios close at 9 or 10. Were hoping to grab those folks on their way home, and also the industry folks.

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    Restaurants Getting Creative To Keep Patio Season Going – CBS Boston - September 7, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    BOSTON (CBS) With colder temperatures around the corner, many restaurants are hoping to have their patios stay open for business as long as possible.

    Michael Seznec, Senior VP of Operations at Harvest, shared, Its critical. People really, really like the patio of course these days, they want to sit outside.

    Were hoping to keep it open forever outside, frankly, Seznec said. Even in the middle of winter, people can be out here dining if they want to be.

    Harvests patio has been operating for 45 years and is equipped well for times like this, with a fireplace, partial roof, and heat lamps. This year, they are especially grateful to have the space.

    Seznec added, this is always a very popular spot. Now Id say even on marginal weather days people really want to be outside.

    Over in the Seaport, this is Woods Hill Pier 4s first patio season. Owner Kristin Canty notes, its been completely imperative that we have this outdoor area. Not that many people want to sit inside, everybody calls and says they would prefer to be outside.

    They decided to keep it going into the winter by adding 12 igloos, which, when finished, will accommodate up to 6 guests. Canty adds, we just jumped at the idea because they are see-through so people can still take advantage of the views and be in a cozy setting with people that they trust and their families but not near other people at all.

    Even though shes investing in glass dividers for the inside this winter, shes expecting that people will want to bundle up and is even looking into having single-use blankets.

    Canty adds, Were just really happy to be reinventing ourselves and think of creative ways for people to still enjoy eating out.

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    Restaurants That Have Hung On Through Pandemic Brace For Turn Of Weather – CBS Chicago - September 7, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    CHICAGO (CBS) This has been a summer of highs and lows for Chicagos restaurant industry, as diners have seen new places open and others close because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    We wondered about the spots that are hanging on.

    As CBS 2s Lauren Victory reported, the patio at Wood, at 3335 N. Halsted St. in Boystown, was empty Monday because the restaurant was closed for Labor Day. So why give up revenue when the industry has already taken such a hit because of COVID-19?

    The general manager said staff usually get the holiday, and especially deserved it after a rollercoaster of a summer.

    Meanwhile at Chicagos Home of Chicken & Waffles, at 3947 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. in Bronzeville, the syrup is still sticky. The situation is sticky too.

    We usually have a full house, mostly every day, said manager Emma Hester.

    A return of business is a beautiful sight, said Hester and general manager Brian Mills. But it has been quite the season keeping up with customers, and dealing with the citys constantly changing restaurant rules.

    Were rolling with the punches right now, Mills said.

    They and other Chicago restaurants gone from carry-out-only restrictions through Memorial Day to outdoor seating only until July 4th.

    And after that, getting back to normal hit a rocky start for many including the staff back at Wood.

    There were major protests in the area. We had to board up our windows on the 2nd of June, the day before we were going to first be allowed to have people at the restaurant again, said Wood general manager Jeremiah Duncan.

    Before that, Wood was attempting to make ends meet through takeout orders. In April and May, the patio was going unused because of COVID-19 rules, so owners lent it to another struggling industry events design.

    A popup fundraising flower shop outside Wood drew interest from sidewalk traffic that occasionally was hungry too.

    There were so many question marks, but once we were able to open up the patio, the response was incredible, Duncan said.

    It was a triumphant feeling, but will it continue? Labor Day will give way to Halloween and Thanksgiving and beyond, and when the cold sets in, the patios will be gone.

    How can restaurants weather the cold when Chicago rules still cap indoor dining at 25 percent?

    Well just have to see what happens, you know? Mills said. We dont know if well be able to open up fully or if well still have to keep our social distancing.

    The Illinois Restaurant Association said its top priority right now is fighting to increase Chicagos 25 percent capacity rule. At the same time, the group is partnering with the City of Chicago to offer $5,000 cash to people who come up with the best ideas for eating in the indoors and outdoors when the weather turns.

    The Winter Design Challenge ends at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. Winners will be announced at the end of the month.

    Corporate sponsors will likely fund pilot programs of the chosen ideas after that.


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    This weekend: Where to find Labor Day Weekend takeout options – - September 7, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Were all eating a little differently these days: Cooking at home more. Ordering takeout. Now thatPhase 3 is well underway, though, some of us are starting to sip cocktails on patios and enjoy indoor dining again. Whatever your comfort level, heres whats been going on in Bostons restaurant world recently, plus a few ways to enjoy some of our regions best restaurants and bars from both the comfort of your own home and out in the world.

    Need something to look forward to? Here are 10 restaurants, coffee shops, and bakeries gearing up to open this fall.

    Chefs and owners Kate and Trevor Smith have opened their London gastropub-inspired restaurant, Thistle & Leek, located on a prime corner of Newton Centre.

    Read our interview with Sam Calagione on his Massachusetts roots, 25 years of Dogfish Head, and the next big thing in beer.

    The closures this week hit hard: The Fours, a famed watering hole near TD Garden, announced it had shuttered after 44 years; Kendall Square brunch spot The Friendly Toast closed; Bull McCabes in Somerville revealed it would not reopen; The Pour House on Boylston Street is being sold due to COVID-19; and Irish pub Lir permanently closed after 17 years.

    As Phase 3 chugs along and indoor dining resumes at some restaurants, patios are continuing to pop up across the city. This week is no different here are handful of recently-opened outdoor dining spaces to lounge on this weekend.

    Juliet: Somerville darling Juliet launched its patio on Thursday for la carte dinner service outside, with reservations available from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. Dine on Maine kelp salad alfresco, or, if youre looking for a special Labor Day meal, make a reservation for Juliets Lobster Club shindig on Monday afternoon.

    Scampo: Lydia Shires beloved Scampo, an Italian restaurant inside the Liberty Hotel, recently reopened for dinner service with both indoor seating and a 60-seat outdoor patio. Regulars will find some of their favorites, like Lydias lobster pizza and pumpkin agnolotti, back on the menu.

    Sweet Basil: The second location of David Beckers Sweet Basil debuted in Waltham on Tuesday in the former Balani space, and includes an expansive patio for those warm summer (and fall) nights. Im hoping to stop by soon for a lavender gimlet, arancini, and pork katsudon.

    Tanm: Filipino American restaurant Tanm returns to Bow Market on Friday with its Kamayan sa Labas dinners, an eat-with-your-hands, shareable feast served on a banana leaf. Make your reservations here for patio seating, and get ready to dig into dishes like crispy roasted pork belly, lumpiang Shanghai, and ground pork fried spring rolls.

    Trillium Brewings new 166-acre farm in North Stonington, Conn., has produced its first harvest, and we all get to reap the rewards. The brewery just launched a farm box program, offering a $30 box of produce that can be ordered each week starting on Wednesday at 9 a.m. for same-day pickups at Trillium Canton. Theres no subscription necessary, and each box comes with a selection of recipes from executive chef Thomas Park dishes like smashed fingerling potatoes and green goddess dressing. Pick up some beer while youre at it for a well-balanced meal.

    Its Labor Day Weekend, and while you may have your grilling plans nailed down, here are some last-minute options that might come in handy: Pick up one of Curds & Co.s new 6 foot picnics, which includes three cheeses, crackers, pairings, and a playlist. Head to OddFellows Ice Cream Co. in Chestnut Hill to snag a recently-launched Mr Black x OddFellows affogato kit, which comes with a pint of your choice of OddFellows ice cream, an eight-ounce flask of Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee liqueur, and a selection of toppings. Branch Line in Watertown has a handful of Labor Day specials on its menu, including a barbecue package featuring sherry-glazed ribs, smoked pork shoulder, and corn on the cob. And for pie, the incomparable Petsi Pies offers pickups and deliveries through Sunday just be sure to place your order a day in advance.

    Read this: Beverage writers Robert Simonson and Jon Bonn are usually able to predict upcoming trends in the drink world. This year has, well, kind of thrown them for a loop. In this Punch article, they take a look back at their predictions and revise them for our COVID-19 times.

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    LETTER: Let Langley businesses expand use of patios Aldergrove Star – Aldergrove Star - September 7, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Dear Editor,

    According to a report released by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Statistics Canada, we could lose up to 60 per cent of our nations restaurants and small, family-owned establishments in the next few months as government support ends and the pandemic enters a new phase.

    A large proportion of these closures will be as a result of businesses not being able to generate enough revenue due to the limits on seating capacity and physical distancing measures necessary to protect people from the spread of COVID-19.

    Here in Langley, thanks to work by members of the general public, members of council, and members of the local business community including craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries, we were proactive.

    READ MORE: Langley pubs, restaurants can expand patios

    Early in the summer, Langleys establishments were permitted to extend their outdoor seating areas in order to increase the number of customers they could safely serve. As someone who has the privilege of working in one of Langleys breweries, Ive seen first-hand just how crucial it has been in ensuring our survival in this time of crisis. While I cant speak for the many other restaurants, cafes, and bars that have taken advantage of the temporary program, our extended patio has proven invaluable, without creating undue hardship on any neighbours or other tenants in our building.

    As we move into the fall and approach the end of the temporary extension program, I firmly believe we need to consider making this temporary program permanent.

    With a change in the weather, businesses will come up with creative ways to provide warmth and shelter for their outdoor seating areas, but we should do everything we can to help them be able to serve as many people as possible, since restrictions due to COVID-19 are likely not being removed any time soon.

    Even if the pandemic wasnt an issue, and when it one day is no longer a topic of major concern, our patios should within reason stay extended. These spaces create more lively neighbourhoods, more spaces for people to gather safely, and more seats for badly needed customers at our local businesses.

    Moving forward, we should allow bigger patios, and encourage places that either havent had, or been allowed to have patios before, to safely and responsibly create added space. This is dependent, of course, on support and cooperation from Township and City staff, as well as the various landlords. We need to encourage these three groups to continue to be forward-thinking.

    With a relatively simple change in policy, Langley can become an even more business-friendly place, and create even more livable, interesting, and exciting neighbourhoods at the same time. Its a true win-win.

    Michael Pratt, Murrayville


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    ‘Nobody knows whats coming’: Restaurants that have relied on expanded patio space brace for winter temperatures – KUSA - September 7, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The Colorado Restaurant Association is very concerned about how restaurants will survive during the winter months.

    COLORADO, USA Expanded restaurant patios have been key to make up for indoor seating regulations during the pandemic, but with winter steadily approaching, restaurants are preparing to adapt once again.

    Im hoping for a mild winter with a few patio days, Carboy Winerys Director of Wine Operations, Jason Snopkoski, told 9NEWS. Every day is a new challenge.

    Since being able to reopen to dine-in customers, Carboys location in Denver has relied on their extended patio that stretches into the sidewalk next to Logan Street.

    When the weather cools down, they will have to get creative with indoor seating.

    Were very lucky that we have a large complex, a large building, lots of space that we reserved for private dining and things like that, Snopkoski said. A lot of our friends arent that lucky.

    In July, the Colorado Restaurant Association (CRA) asked 170 restaurants if they think they will still be open in six months. 65% said they were not sure.

    Were extremely worried about what winter looks like, CRAs President and CEO Sonia Riggs said. Some restaurants are going to do whatever they can to take advantage of that outdoor seating as long as possible, and others just say they dont know whether its worth it or not.

    Making patios comfortable in cold weather can be expensive for restaurants that do not already have heat lamps and tenting on site. For an industry thats already cash-strapped, these extra expenses could make or break businesses.

    Were really hoping that local governments can start using theirCARES Actmoney on helping restaurants with that additional cost to keep those patios open, Riggs said.

    Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, to provide economic help in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    9NEWS reached out to the City of Denver about whether they would help restaurants more in the coming months. We did not immediately hear back.

    CRA is also talking to the State about how restaurants may be able to allow for more indoor seating while keeping customers safe.

    Weve been talking to the State about Plexiglas barriers, or other things, to be able to cut that six-foot distancing between tables, and weve seen this actually start to be used in other states, Riggs said. Were also looking at how advanced HVAC system technology be used, UV lighting, [so that] capacity could be increased even more.

    9NEWS asked the Colorado State Joint Information Center about this possibility. The agency responded: We have been closely working with stakeholders from many industries throughout this pandemic, including the Colorado Restaurant Association. We appreciate the commitment and partnership of Colorados business community. We will continue to monitor disease transmission and make data-driven decisions that protect public health.

    As restaurants wait for a potential update on regulations, CRA is concerned about how different the industry will look in the spring.

    Restaurants may shut down, they may just do takeout and delivery, or they may just try to survive on fewer staff, Riggs said. What we already saw this spring is people condensing or limiting their menus, cutting staff, really trying to focus on takeout and delivery models, and they may just try to make do with the limited seating capacity that they have indoors.

    In the beginning of the pandemic, CRA used state sales tax reports to determine that about 400 restaurants closed permanently. They are waiting for updated numbers, but they believe that number is now too low.

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    Green Mill Reopens With New Outdoor Patio But No Live Music – Block Club Chicago - September 7, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    UPTOWN Green Mill Cocktail Lounge one of the citys oldest establishments is debuting a new feature Thursday: a sidewalk cafe.

    The legendary jazz club at 4802 N. Broadway reopened 4 p.m. Thursday with patio service. It marks the second time Green Mill is reopening during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Like all other bars and music venues, the Green Mill closed in March for the citys stay at home order. As business restrictions were lifted, the club reopened in late June, becoming one of the first entertainment venues to host live music following the lockdown.

    That lasted for a month, as bars and vendors that do not serve food were forced to shut down indoor services in late July.

    The Green Mill improvised once again and livestreamed concerts from the venue that fans could pay to view at home.

    The venue once again will serve customers, this time on its new patio.

    It should be better than nothing, owner Dave Jemilo said. Ill have two-to-three people working and some dough coming in. Thats a good thing.

    There wont be any music on the patio, as an impromptu sidewalk concert the bar hosted earlier this summer drew reprimand from the city.

    The patio should be able to seat 25 to 35 people. The Green Mill has partnered with Fiesta Mexicana to allow customers to order food from the neighboring restaurant, Jemilo said.

    Jemilo said he understood there should be restrictions to help slow the coronavirus, but he felt the decision to close non-food serving establishments was arbitrary.

    Plus, there are costs associated with closing and reopening like replacing kegged beer that can hurt already struggling businesses, Jemilo said.

    Bars with food, you can go and get snockered, and thats OK, he said. But if I have music and tell people to whisper and keep their distance, thats not OK. Thats not fair.

    The Green Mill opened in 1914 and originally included a large sunken garden that had seating for outdoor entertainment. An advertisement from the era calls it the only real sunken gardens in America.

    The garden seating was removed in the 1920s to make way for the Uptown Theatre, according to reports.

    The Green Mill will be open daily from 4-11 p.m.

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    Rooftop restaurants: 6 Bay Area venues take alfresco dining to new heights – The Mercury News - September 7, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

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    Its the year of alfresco dining. Shaded tables are set up everywhere patios, sidewalks, alleys, streets, parking lots to allow customers to eat out safely during the COVID-19 era and keep restaurants afloat.

    Want to take it up a notch? Were talking elevation. A little height could knock a few degrees off the temperature or maybe the views will take your mind off the heat.

    Heres a roundup of local rooftop restaurants open for outdoor dining. Not surprisingly, these sky-high venues are popular, so make reservations or arrive early.

    A breezy respite awaits atop the BBC, a stately 1925 building that originally held nope, not British financiers the Bank of Palo Alto. A stunning interior renovation by Peninsula restaurateur Rob Fisher a few years ago also added a third-floor rooftop patio with its own chef and bar. Miso salmon, lobster and an heirloom tomato-peach-burrata salad star on the seasonal menu. Cleverly named cocktails hew to the banking theme. Will it be the two-rum Offshore Account or the spiced-vodka Initial Public Offering?

    The view: To the west, sunsets over the coastal mountains. To the east, a leafy landscape that camouflages the Caltrain tracks. We loved the urban soundtrack from the occasional train.

    The details: Open at 4 p.m. daily for customers age 21 and over. 555 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park;

    This sprawling, all-outdoor New American eatery helped to cement downtown Walnut Creek as a culinary destination when it opened in 2016. Rooftop, which shares its reclaimed brick building with Teleferic Barcelona and Slice House, offers an ingredient-driven menu of reimagined classics, from tuna tartare to seasonal risotto. Chef and partner Justine Kelly often plucks her herbs right off the lush living wall. Did we mention the heat wave-ready misters and cold craft cocktails?

    The view: Youre towering over trendy downtown Walnut Creek, but you can see stunning sunset vistas and unparalleled views of Mount Diablo.

    The details: Open daily for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (from 11 a.m. on Sunday) and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday, and until 11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday at 1500 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Third Floor, Walnut Creek; Check Facebook page for up-to-date info.

    With its spectacular views, the Grandview on Mount Hamilton counts as Santa Clara Countys highest-elevation rooftop restaurant. Summer and early fall are a fabulous time to eat here because the upscale Italian steakhouse menu remember, youre paying for the view showcases produce grown on their farm across the street. To enjoy the experience, youll want to figure out who will be the designated driver for the winding, fusilli-like trip. And leave the casual shelter-in-place clothes at home; proper attire is required.

    The view: From 1,500 feet, you can see the whole Santa Clara Valley and beyond.

    The details: Two-hour dinner time slots are available via reservation from 5-10 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. 15005 Mount Hamilton Road, San Jose;

    Its all about the appetizers, cocktails and wine list at this 3-year-old, casual open-air restaurant in downtown Livermore. Sip world-class Livermore wines while nibbling on everything from fish tacos to Caprese salad. Umbrellas shade the tables and cozy outdoor sofas, and twinkly lights abound. This one definitely feels like a staycation.

    The view: You wont see the valleys famous rolling vineyards from here, but the 360-degree perspective of downtown Livermore is the best in town.

    The details: Open Tuesday-Sunday at 2470 First St. Third Floor, Livermore. Hours vary. Reservations recommended by calling 925-292-9915; Check Facebook page for up-to-date info.

    One of the newest rooftop venues in the Bay Area sits atop the techie Hyatt Centric hotel in the Village at San Antonio Center. The hotels trendy restaurant-bar, Fairchilds Public House, has unveiled its View on 2 venue, a casual spot with cushioned seating, a bar and a fire pit. Settle in and nibble on poke nachos, avocado toast or housemade pretzels with beer cheese. Add local wine, a craft brew or a cocktail and chill.

    The view: Youre in the thick of Silicon Valley, but you can see the Santa Cruz Mountains in the distance and adorbs alert! theres a dog park below.

    The details: Open from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, with happy hour pricing for the first three hours. 409 San Antonio Road, Mountain View;

    California ingredients meet Latino and Southern flavors at this popular cafe and rooftop bar in Old Oakland. Think anchovy-fried olives and crispy fried catfish strips with red beans and rice to pair with a mango-habanero margarita, perhaps, on a patio brimming with plants, chairs and sofas in muted grays plus heat lamps for those cool Oakland nights. Brunch is a big hit.

    The view: A buzzy urban landscape its Old Oakland.

    The details: Open for two-hour reservations via Resy from 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m to 3 p.m. Sunday at 722-730 Clay St., Oakland;

    Rooftop restaurants: 6 Bay Area venues take alfresco dining to new heights - The Mercury News

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