EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - With a new municipal measure, restaurant owners will be able to promote social distancing as well as serve more patrons, providing a needed boost of customers to the township’s restaurants and bars.  This week, the East Brunswick Township Council approved a measure introduced by Mayor Brad Cohen that would allow current restaurants and bars to expand their outdoor service space for a period of 120 days. 

While following the statewide rules for social distancing, locations would be able to expand their service footprint by moving service outdoors so that distance can be created while still allowing for table/counter service

"We’re looking forward to East Brunswick restaurants taking advantage of new council resolution allowing outdoor seating," says Joe Criscuolo, East Brunswick's Township Administrator.

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Restaurant owners should fill out a zoning permit application form and prepare a plan. Under the resolution, there is no cost, no site plan application, no performance bond, no maintenance bond or engineering inspection fees, and township officials will work to expedite the process. However, a location cannot open an area until the state allows customers to resume eating at restaurants.

The form is located at https://www.eastbrunswick.org/DocumentCenter/View/2471/TEMPORARY-OUTDOOR-RESTAURANT-SEATING

For any questions or to obtain a form, please e-mail cmcgurk@eastbrunswick.org