EDISON, NJ —Restaurants in Edison are looking forward to serving their customers again, and outdoor dining is the first step in the right direction.  On June 3rd Edison Mayor Thomas Lankey issued an Executive Order allowing the restaurants to re-open utilizing outdoor dining spaces beginning June 15th and consistent with Governor Murphy's outdoor dining requirements, Under the Mayor's order, restaurants are allowed to open from 8 am to 9 pm, must maintain proper social distancing for ordering food, use personal protective equipment and must provide sanitizing materials like hand sanitizers and sanitizing wipes for staff and patrons. 

Matt Pulomena, the owner of the Edison Automat on Oak Tree Road, welcomed the Mayor's Order and is excited to be back serving customers with more than just take out. 

“I am thrilled to be back serving sit down meals for my customers,” said Matt Pulomena. “I am so grateful to Mayor Lankey and his administration for taking the lead on this and giving us the opportunity to get back to serving our customers.”

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Mayor Lankey has been a long time supporter of the business community and instructed his staff to ensure that Edison restaurants were allowed to utilize or “create” outdoor dining spaces without having to navigate through any bureaucratic impasses.

“The Mayor's instructions to me and my colleagues within the Administration were very clear — do everything within our rules and regulations to make sure that Edison restaurants were able to re-open in the safest, most timely and efficient way possible” said Jay Elliott, Director of Health for Edison Township. 

Edison's restaurants, including the Skylark Diner, Edison Automat, LuCas, Benihana, Applebees, and LePeep, are all re-opened with outdoor dining available for patrons and have not only implemented the proper health and safety requirements but have also created outdoor areas that are aesthetically pleasing.

“It was extremely gratifying to see our Edison restaurant community come together and work so closely with Mayor Lankey and his administration on a common goal,” said Joe Coyle, President of The Edison Chamber of Commerce. “Watching our Edison restaurants investing the time and energy to create spaces that are safe and look great too was really rewarding, Hats off to Mayor Lankey, his Administration and the Chamber of Commerce's restaurant members for a job well done, Now we have to continue to get the word out to the public so people can venture out and enjoy themselves.”

Any restaurant that has questions regarding outdoor dinning should contact the Edison Health Department at (732) 248-7476.