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Parklets Become Places for 'StrEateries'

The COVID-19 pandemic has moved restaurant dining outdoors and into the streets

Established in one or several parking spots, a parklet is a temporary or permanent outdoor space where people rather than cars can park.

The strange-looking word "StrEatery"— seen in the sign that's visible in the first photo below — is being used to describe the dining-style that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is becoming the restaurant norm nationwide. Scroll down to see how parklets are helping to transform streets and parking lots into fresh air eateries.


No to Parking, Yes to Eating

StrEatery

Location: Hoboken, New Jersey | Photo by Ava Park-Matt


Bridge Street is Closed to Cars But Open for Dinner

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Location: Phoenixville, Pennsylvania | Photo by G. Sheldon, iStock


Parking for People Instead of Four Cars

Hoboken, New Jersey

Location: Hoboken, New Jersey | Photo by Ava Park-Matt


A Green Spot in a Parking Lot

New Jersey Diner

Location: Hoboken, New Jersey | Photo by Ava Park-Matt


Picnicking on Pavement

Texas Roadhouse in Illinois

LOCATION: Edwardsville, Illinois | Photo by Del Henderson Jr., iStock


Supper in the Supermarket Parking Lot

Edgewater, Maryland

Location: Edgewater, Maryland | Photo by Melissa Stanton, AARP


Restaurant Rows

Three parkets

Location: Hoboken, New Jersey | Photo by Ava Park-Matt


Pop-Ups Tents and Planters Turn Parking Spaces Into a Dinner Spot

Killarney House

Location: Davidsonville, Maryland | Photo by Melissa Stanton, AARP


A Workaround Welcome on West Street

Annapolis, Maryland

Location: Annapolis, Maryland | Photo by Melissa Stanton, AARP


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Published August 2020

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