BIRMINGHAM, Mich. (WXYZ) — What used to be parking spaces just off of Woodward at Webster in Birmingham is now an outdoor patio for Bistro Joe’s.
“We have created an atmosphere out there that people feel very comfortable,” said owner of Bistro Joe’s Tony Curtis.
The patio is 20 by 80 feet, which means enough space to allow people to remain six feet apart from each other while sitting down to eat. The patio is also equipped with plenty of hand sanitizer.
Curtis says the patio is allowing them to make up for a lack of revenue during the shutdown.
“For this type of establishment, we never did much carryout business, the type of foods we do was basically all dine in so we got hurt, we lost a lot of money a lot of revenue during that time period,” said Curtis.
What concerns him now, is what will happen during the fall when it is too cold to eat outdoors.
“Outside dining is in, but what are we going to do come October, November when it starts getting cold out there and this virus is still around?” said Curtis.
Changes have also been made indoors, including new plexiglass between tables.
Carryout is still an option for people not yet comfortable dining out, and Papa Joe’s is open below the bistro.
New this week, an outdoor bar on the patio.