Designing Outdoor Spaces During COVID

Brown Lindquist Fenuccio & Raber Architects in Yarmouthport has a 50-year history of working with local businesses, both large and small, to bring new spaces to life. And that is no different in 2020 with COVID-19. Assisting local businesses to quickly evaluate and create both outdoor dining and socializing spaces has taken on new immediacy.

As the State of Massachusetts begins reopening phases, BLF&R is working with clients to adjust to new regulations and safety measures, while continuing to offer traditional services as part of the new normal. 

Currently, BLF&R is working with two local restaurateurs to bring new outdoor dining spaces to their restaurants. One of the firm’s Principals, Rick Fenuccio, is currently working with Jen Villa and Blane Toedt, owners of The West End in Hyannis on designing a series of new, fully accessible outdoor dining terraces, inclusive of a mobile service bar, overhead string lighting, and seating which meets the social distancing requirements. To enhance the overall experience, the hardscaped terraces will feature flexible landscape containers, wood screen walls to define the edges, a possible tent structure to allow all-weather utilization and furnishings that are consistent with the interior décor of the restaurant. “The challenge is to make the spaces feel like an extension of the dining room and not to look like a temporary “pop-up”. To do that we first need to keep in mind the economic hit that restaurants and bars are taking. Now more than ever, projects need to be done in a highly efficient and cost-effective manner. Our team is working on providing solutions such as reliance on purchased or even renting loose furniture and décor and keeping hard constructed elements to a minimum. We hope that this could lead to expanded outdoor dining options long term for the Cape residents and guests while helping our local businesses get back on their feet”, said Fenuccio.

Brown Lindquist Fenuccio & Raber Architects discussed outdoor dining and plans to temporarily shut down part of Main Street in Hyannis to one lane with Elizabeth Jenkins, Director of Planning and Development for the Town of Barnstable.

“The Town of Barnstable and its many small businesses are rethinking the use outdoor spaces to meet the State’s safety standards. The Town temporarily closed a lane of traffic on Hyannis Main Street and turned it over to pedestrians and businesses to welcome more people safely and to provide the 40 local restaurants and many retail stores the best possible chance at success this summer. The resulting orientation provides a look at how Main Street could be transformed into an even more vibrant street by slowing traffic, prioritizing walkability, and encouraging outdoor business and creative placemaking” said Jenkins. 

Meanwhile, Kurt Raber, BLF&R Vice President and Principal is working with Conor McLaughlin.  Conor is the owner of The Boathouse Restaurant at Pier 37 in Falmouth.  Like the West End Restaurant, The Boathouse is also expanding to add additional outdoor dining.  Here the owner decided to construct a new outdoor kitchen and outdoor dining terrace that hosts 86 seats.  The new terrace area will offer a slightly different menu from indoor dining including pizzas.  The Boathouse owners hope the new offering is successful for the abbreviated 2020 summer season.  Should the new concept be a success with patrons, owners will continue to expand upon and incorporate further outdoor options next year. BLF&R created a new floor plan for the outdoor terrace that illustrates 6 foot socially distanced clear areas of separation as required by the Town of Falmouth.  Just this past week the plans were modified to include the limited indoor dining occupancy as the state of Massachusetts begins to reopen.

BLF&R is proud to be a part of designing new spaces for The West End Restaurant and The Boathouse Restaurant at Pier 37, and excited for our clients to see these new spaces come to life. 

Conceptual Outdoor Dining Terrace – West End Restaurant