The City welcomed the girl & the fig’s “Summer Pop-Ups on the Sonoma Plaza” to the North West corner of the plaza this week – The girl & the fig restaurant was the first to expand service the Sonoma Plaza Park as part of the City’s efforts to assist restaurants in temporarily adding or expanding their outside dining options to accommodate COVID-19 related health standards.
Use of the Plaza area is available to City of Sonoma businesses whose operations are limited due to physical distancing requirements. The use of the park is limited to 11 am –9 pm, Thursday through Sunday. Restaurants interested in expanding service to the Plaza are invited to submit a Plaza Park Service Area Expansion Pre-Application.
Restaurants that are interested in other area expansion options such as public sidewalks, public rights-of-way (including parking areas and roadways), their own property or neighboring properties with a neighbor agreement should submit a Business Service Expansion Pre-Application.
For more business resources, please visit the Coronavirus Business Resources Page.
BACKGROUND: On Monday, May 18, 2020, Sonoma City Council adopted a resolution authorizing the City Manager to create and implement new re-opening and recovery measures through the issuance of Temporary Use Permits, Encroachment Permits, and/or Licensing Procedures to allow the City’s businesses to expand their operating space utilizing public sidewalks, the Plaza, Grinstead amphitheater, public rights-of-way (including parking areas and roadways), their own property or neighboring properties with a neighbor agreement, while respecting social distancing requirements. The City Manager and delegated staff are authorized to waive fees associated with these action as described in City fee schedules for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. This action was done to provide additional outdoor space for business operation and physical distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.