Crown Heights restaurant maximizes outdoor seating space while dealing with virus-related regulations

Two lifelong friends are thinking outside the box to keep their Brooklyn restaurant afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.

News 12 Staff

Aug 9, 2020, 5:56 PM

Updated 1,384 days ago

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Two lifelong friends are thinking outside the box to keep their Brooklyn restaurant afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.
 
Kwesi and Dwayne say they have dreamed of owning a restaurant together.
 
The two friends turned that dream into a realty with The Savvy Bistro and Bar. Their eatery serves tacos, jerk chicken spring rolls, burgers and pasta.
 
Services were limited to takeout in March as the pandemic struck, and now the co-owners are finding new ways to serve the neighborhood.
 
Since outdoor dining was permitted, The Saavy Bistro and Bar has moved on the corner of Prospect and Nostrand avenues . They say that this provides them a "double attack" in terms of seating.
 
"So we really try to maximize the space," Dwayne says. “Just going around the corner around the corner, taking advantage of the road side seating as well."
 
The two friends say they do temperature checks every day and are focusing on helping other businesses have a clear understanding of regulations.
 
The team is also trying to create a safe space with a bar crawl in the coming weeks.
 
"We're going to work with all our local partners, our representatives, the other businesses to make sure we come up with a good model that support the time we are in,"  Dwayne says.
 
Both men say that all businesses should be held accountable for creating a safe and comfortable dining experience.
 
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