OC Board of Supervisors Announce First Come First Serve Grant Program to Support Local Restaurants Providing Outdoor Dining Applications Open Friday, November 20th
First Come First Serve
In response to the State’s action to place additional restrictions on Orange County related to COVID-19, the Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously supported a $1 million plan authored by Vice-Chairman Andrew Do, First District, and Supervisor Don Wagner, Third District, took immediate action and launched the Orange County Restaurant Outdoor Dining Grant Program to support local restaurants providing outdoor dining as required by the State’s purple tier guidelines.

The OC Restaurant Outdoor Dining Grant Program will make funds immediately available to award $1,000 grants to 1,000 eligible restaurants through CARES Act federal funding.
Anaheim Restaurants can get up to $2,000 through our Restaurant Relief Grant Program to expand their outdoor dining space. This could include purchase of shade structures or umbrellas, décor, barricades or even renting tables and chairs.

Applications are now open and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, funds are limited.
Restaurants are permitted to be open with outdoor modifications. To review information pertinent to your business, please click here.

To obtain information from the Orange County Health Care Agency, including guidance for restaurants, bars and breweries, you can visit their website at www.OCFoodInfo.com.

For additional information on the easing of city rules to operate outdoors, display signs, and sell alcohol to-go, please read our Coronavirus Business Relief Fact Sheet.

Make Outdoor Dining a Destination

It’s the Holiday season a time when restaurants are typically very busy. It’s time to get creative with your outdoor space. Restaurants have redefined winterizing their spaces and transforming the outdoor dining space with heaters, Holiday décor, warm menu items and more. 
Make It Warm
Patio Heaters - Heating elements are necessary to make your patio operational during cold winter months.
Outdoor Fireplace - Fireplaces add a warm and inviting ambiance.
Candles – They don’t provide much heat, but they are warm and inviting, they also add a lot to create a welcoming space.
Make It Comfortable or Bring Your Own Blanket Campaign
Entice your guests to join you by making your patio space comfortable and relaxing. Add rugs and lighting. Additionally, create a Bring Your Own Blanket campaign. People who participate in #BYOBlanket can receive a free hot chocolate. Customers can submit photos of themselves with blankets dining outdoors at a restaurant and use the hashtag #BYOBlanket to support your business or promotion.
Make It an Experience
Your outdoor space should provide a different experience that guests will seek out.

Add Music - Try hiring musicians or themed music. Many restaurants have added easy wireless speakers and play lively or festive music. 

Add Lighting – Lighting can help you create an atmosphere. Holiday lights and candles are always an inviting vibe.
Get Tested!
No-cost COVID-19 testing is widely available in Anaheim and throughout the county. It is available to anyone, with or without symptoms, and to both those with and without health insurance. Have your employees test today.
If you have any questions, or we can be of assistance please contact our office at (714) 758-0222.
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