Restaurants and food-serving businesses, as well as the other local business sectors like salons and fitness facilities that serve as "multipliers" – that is, they create a ripple effect for surrounding businesses, with restaurant patrons shopping after a meal or grabbing a drink after getting their nails done or doing a spin class – are all back. And the incredibly popular downtown street closures will be activated each weekend that the weather allows.
Restaurants offering outdoor dining have taken significant measures to keep their employees and customers safe, and they've also taken steps to keep them comfortable, deploying heat lamps and shelter in the form of parklets and tents. Restaurants owners would love to lend out cozy blankets to their patrons to keep them warm while eating alfresco on those cooler days and evenings. Given the concerns around contact during the COVID-19 crisis, we're launching a BYOB: Bring Your Own Blanket campaign as a pivot on that concept.
"It's getting cooler out there and this is a way to keep people warm and still dining out," says Felicia Ferguson, co-owner of Piazza D'Angelo and the board chair for the Mill Valley Chamber. "So many residents and visitors have embraced outdoor dining throughout the 94941, so ensure their safety and comfort, we hope this concept will be embraced and that our guests will feel free to BYOB: Bring Your Own Blanket."
Of course, if it's simply too cold or wet for your liking, Mill Valley's restaurants serve up an array of takeout and delivery options. CHECK THOSE OUT HERE.
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