NOW What episode 34: The great patio debate

NOW's Natalia Manzocco, Cherry Street Bar-B-Que's Lawrence La Pianta and The Queen And Beaver’s Jamieson Kerr discuss whether it's safe to reopen patios


Toronto has entered Phase Two of reopening, and that means restaurants can open their patios to diners after months of surviving on takeout sales alone.

Well, most of them.

As NOW’s food writer Natalia Manzocco reported last week, the Cherry Street Bar-B-Que announced it would be sticking to takeout, with owner and pitmaster Lawrence La Pianta saying he couldn’t see a way to safely reopen the restaurant’s patio. In this episode, I’m joined by Nat and Lawrence, and by Jamieson Kerr, whose Queen and Beaver pub has found a patio solution on Elm Street… if only people would show up.

NOW What is a twice-weekly podcast that explores the ways Torontonians are coping with life in the time of coronavirus. New episodes of NOW What will be released every Tuesday and Friday. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, listen on Spotify or just play it below. And remember, we’re all in this together.

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