[H]e hasn’t been able to install a sturdier structure because of the expense; this one, he says, cost him $2,000, and more substantial ones can cost more than ten times that figure. "If you want to do it permanently, it's a lot of money,” he says. Even though he's already looking into putting it back up, Khan says he's still unsure about how plausible outdoor dining will be once the weather turns from chilly to flat-out cold: "We have a heater and everything, and people [still] don't want to sit down." Over the past two weeks, Khan says, no diner has wanted to eat outside.
NYC restaurateurs have until Dec. 15 to fully adapt their structures to the winter, per city guidelines.
An EVG reader also reported a damaged curbside structure outside Takahachi/Drom on Avenue A near Sixth Street...