Fancy a bevvy in the sun somewhere that isn’t your patio or a park?
While indoor dining is on hold for a few weeks due to record-breaking spikes in COVID-19 cases, a new website is helping patrons and patios find each other.
The site, victoriapatios.ca covers Vancouver Island restaurants, and also identifies places open for take-out or delivery. Information is submitted by restaurants themselves.
The site was started by IT provider Blackfish Networks, a company with a lot of restaurant clients, after all indoor dining was shut down last week, and will stay off-limits until April 19.
“It’s very important to us that this industry survives,” Bill Speta with Blackfish said. A local leader in the hospitality industry called him after the restrictions were announced, asking how quickly Blackfish could get a website built. The answer: 48 hours.
The directory went live April 2 with more than a hundred manually inputted restaurant listings, and is now accepting submissions from restaurant owners.