Detroit Lakes Restaurants Granted Permits for Reservation-Only Outdoor Seating

Detroit Lakes Restaurants Granted Permits for Reservation-Only Outdoor Seating Click to Enlarge

DETROIT LAKES, MN--Most of Detroit Lakes restaurants will have some outdoor seating this summer after about a dozen zoning and expansion permits were approved by Detroit Lakes City Council at a special meeting Wednesday afternoon. The action comes to assist the local businesses who have been hit hard due to closure and limited service during the pandemic. In one of Governor Tim Walz's latest executive orders, he is allowing restaurants to open outdoor, reservation seating only on Monday, June 1st, Monday. City staff said they were able to contact all but one restaurant in the city regarding the outdoor-seating-only order and were asked if they would be interested in either the zoning or expansion permit. Detroit Lakes City Administrator Kelcey Klemm presented a spreadsheet of the restaurants and their requests to the City Council for consideration Wednesday. (Click here to listen to the administrator's presentation). There were just over a dozen restaurants who requested a permit to open outdoor-dine-in areas. A number of restaurants have outdoor seating already and will utilize that space for reservation-only seating for those customers wishing to dine-in.

The City Council also waived the $100 permit fee and the permit expires October 31st.

Governor Tim Walz isn't making any changes to his restrictions on dining at Minnesota restaurants. On Wednesday, he reminded Minnesotans that only outdoor dining will be allowed in the state come next Monday. Walz announced his plan for Minnesota restaurants to re-open last week, though it still hasn't satisfied many would-be restaurant goers. Walz said Wednesday he's currently in talks with restaurant industry leaders, but he's still looking at the effects of previous coronavirus restrictions before making any changes.

The Governor signed Executive Order 20-63 Wednesday which outlines the second phase of Stay Safe MN (read EO 20-63 below)

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