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City of Tuscaloosa Creates Temporary Expanded Outdoor Dining for Restaurants

The City of Tuscaloosa has created a special permitting process to allow restaurants in the City to temporarily expand their business into public or privately-owned outdoor spaces such as parking areas. 

The Temporary Expanded Dining program will allow local restaurants to increase dining capacity while adhering to the Alabama Department of Public Health’s physical distancing requirements. For eligible restaurants, this may also include an expanded alcohol-licensed premise. Establishments with only an Alabama ABC lounge license are not eligible for this program.

The application process for this special permit opens on Wednesday, Sept. 23. Approved restaurants will be issued a temporary permit valid from Oct. 1 until Dec. 13 unless restaurant occupancy restrictions are removed or the program is canceled before then. 

Restaurant owners should visit to access the full policy, FAQs, and the application. Please direct additional questions to Tuscaloosa 311.