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Coronavirus: Communal outdoor dining comes to Dixon

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Joel Rosenbaum — The Reporter

It is no secret that restaurants have been struggling in the age of the coronavirus. Those that have survived are getting by with takeout or delivery models and with the California government extending its stay-at-home order to allow outdoor dining at restaurants, this has become another way for businesses to attract customers.

In many instances, this has meant changing city code to extend outdoor dining areas to parking space, courtyards or parks. For Dixon, this has meant establishing a communal space for patrons of different restaurants to eat and drink.

Dawson’s Bar & Grill, with support from the city and Downtown Dixon Business Association (DDBA), recently set up an outdoor eating area on the city-owned Ferguson Alley off West A Street for patrons to enjoy the takeout they ordered from Dawson’s and other downtown restaurants in a shaded space that allows for outdoor dining and social distancing.

Jill Orr, the owner of Dawson’s and president of DDBA’s Board of Directors, said the goal was to provide more outdoor seating.

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