PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Philadelphia restaurants wanting to operate streeteries must be fully licensed to do so by Monday.
According to the city, all unlicensed Streetery setups must be removed by Jan. 9.
Restaurants say the application process is lengthy and vague, leaving operators struggling with the paperwork to submit for approval.
Ben Fileccia, senior director of operations for the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association, says they see three different rules in all of the documents.
“Right now there is a guidance page, there is the law and there are regulations; we saw that the rules are different in all three documents,” Fileccia said.
The city says fewer street shops have been operating since the emergency outdoor dining program expired in late 2022. Operators we spoke to say it’s life or death for some restaurants.
“Some people live and die from it. I can tell you when we’re in season in Manayunk – spring, summer, fall – there’s no better place to eat on the street,” said Sean McGranaghan, operations manager of Winnie’s in Manayunk.
Operators say they have invested tens of thousands of dollars to safely expand their operations.
“Restaurant operators, we fuel the city, we employ so many people, we create economic impact in many different areas. We create jobs. Help us,” McGranaghan pleaded.
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https://6abc.com/philadelphia-restaurants-philly-streeteries-permit-deadline-outdoor-dining/12678059/ Philadelphia restaurants must have streetery permits by Jan. 9 to operate, city says