Restaurant owners hoping to hold on to pandemic-era street dining

For some restaurant owners, parklets brought in hope, along with customers willing to spend their money dining outdoors where they felt safer.

AUBURN, Wash. — There are many social things that have come about during the COVID-19 pandemic that people can’t wait to get rid of, but restaurant owners are actually hoping to keep one thing in particular.

The pandemic forced many businesses to come up with new strategies to survive, especially as so many were forced to shut down completely only to later reopen with restrictions that hurt some businesses even though they were meant to keep people safe.

For some restaurant owners,

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