Patio season is right around the corner and the city is making sure, despite current pandemic restrictions, that restaurants will be ready.
Registration opens on Friday for the city’s CaféTO program.
Local restaurant and bar owners interested in expanding their outdoor dining space into curb lanes and sidewalks can register online starting at 9 a.m.
The City says, pending approval, curb lane locations could be ready to open as soon as mid-May, in time for the May long weekend.
“This year’s CaféTO program will be bigger and better than ever,” Mayor John Tory said in a statement.
“We are opening registration as early as possible so the program will be up and running in May and ready to help restaurants throughout the summer months.”
This first registration window will be open for a month.
The second round will then open as soon as that closes — and those curb lane patios are expected to open in June.
The City says this year’s CaféTO registration process will be easier for businesses to apply to and are making a commitment to ensure more restaurants in Scarborough, Etobicoke, and North York are taking advantage of this program.
Toronto currently remains in lockdown with bars and restaurants only available for takeout and delivery service. The City of Toronto and Peel Region asked the Ontario government to delay loosening pandemic restrictions until at least March 9, as both areas remain the provincial hot zones for COVID-19 cases.