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Springfield awards $2 million in outdoor dining funds

By Emma McCorkindale,


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Mayor Domenic Sarno of Springfield announced the 12th round of ARPA awards to local restaurants and establishments to improve outdoor dining spaces.

Funds available to improve outdoor dining in Springfield

According to a news release sent to 22News from the City of Springfield, Mayor Domenic Sarno, and Chief Development Officer (CDO) Tim Sheehan announced 17 new awards that total $1,998,942 to local restaurants and organizations that are seeking to create new, refurbish, or expand outdoor dining spaces.

This program had an overwhelming interest with over $3.4 million in requests for funds. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funded the Outdoor Dining Program, which was administered by the Office of Planning & Economic Development (OPED), which closed on May 5 and offered grants between $25,000 and $250,000 to create new spaces or rehabilitation of existing spaces for outdoor dining.

The funding was aimed to help local restaurants and non-profit organizations to improve the ability of their patrons to eat outdoors where there is better air circulation, which reduces the spread of viruses.

The businesses that are receiving awards are:

  1. City Line Café (9 Rimmon Avenue): $250,000
  2. John Boyle O’Reilly Club (33 Progress Ave): $250,000
  3. White Lion Brewing Company (1500 Main Street): $250,000
  4. Hot Table (1500 Main Street): $195,000
  5. Student Prince Restaurant & The Fort (8 Fort Street): $179,450
  6. Nadim’s Downtown (1390 Main Street): $100,000
  7. UNO Pizzeria & Grill (820 Hall of Fame Ave): $100,000
  8. Loophole Brewing (51-59 Taylor Street): $100,000
  9. Osteria (301 Bridge Street): $75,000
  10. Hilton Garden Inn (800 Hall of Fame Ave): $75,000
  11. Nathan Bills Bar & Restaurant (106-110 Island Pond Road): $75,000
  12. 2 Guys Pizza (477 Page Blvd): $75,000
  13. 1441 Main Street (1441 Main Street): $75,000
  14. Theodores (201 Worthington Street): $65,000
  15. The Mamou (272 Worthington Street): $53,332
  16. Granny’s Baking Table (309 Bridge Street): $46,160
  17. Springfield Business Improvement District (Duryea Way/Stearns Square): $35,000

Mayor Sarno states, “I am proud that my administration continues to commit our local allocation of federal ARPA monies to our local businesses to boost our economy.  This 12 th round of ARPA awards will go to local restaurants and establishments to help them create new, refurbish or expand existing outdoor dining spaces.  We have received raved reviews from patrons and establishments alike about the outdoor dining program and this investment will significantly boost these amenities and help increase walkability and foot traffic in our neighborhoods.”

“One of the few positives that came out of the Covid-19 pandemic is the continuing interest and preference for outdoor dining,” said Mayor Sarno. “We were excited by the interest in this program and look forward to seeing these dollars get implemented in these establishments in time for patrons to enjoy some of these new spaces this season.”

“This program responds directly to the public health concerns and mitigation strategies developed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said CDO Sheehan. “We believe creating more outdoor spaces will increase local business, offer new options for patrons, and improve neighborhood vitality.”

“Small businesses are the economic backbone of our neighborhoods.  My administration remains committed to their full economic recovery and we are happy to add yet another program to assist in that effort,” said Mayor Sarno. “My administration has allocated over $25 million in funding for small business and neighborhood economic recovery programming.”

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