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FRAMINGHAM – Jack’s Abby Beer Hall was the first restaurant approved for outdoor dining under the state’s and the City of Framingham’s new regulations in Phase II of the re-opening of businesses after the coronavirus pandemic.

Restaurants had been closed since mid-march, and under the Governor’s order could only do take out or curbside.

Starting today, June 8, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts was allowing outdoor dining.

Restaurants that already had outdoor dining in 2019, could begin service on June 8. Those who were adding seating needed local approval.

Jack’s Abby applied for additional seating along with about 10 other establishments to the Framingham License Commission for approval.

The License Commission voted unanimously tonight for approval, pending health & building inspections.

Thus, Jack’s Abby began the first approved under the city’s new guidelines at 7:13 p.m.

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Owner Sam Hendler told the Framingham License Commission he plans to add seating in the parking lot along the Grant Street side of the beer hall & brewery on Clinton Street.

“It is adjacent to our kitchen,” said Hendler, explaining servers could then bring food straight out from the kitchen door.

All tables need to be 6 feet apart, per the state order. No parties larger than 6 individuals. Alcohol must be consumed at the tables, no standing.

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Hendler said last call would be 8:30 p.m.

The outdoor dining would be open until 9 p.m.

The approval is through November 1, 2020.

The actual license application was not available to the public last night. SOURCE will update this article when it is available.

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Photo courtesy of Jack’s Abby Beer Hall
Intersection of Grant and Clinton streets. The parking lot on Grant Street will become additional outdoor dining for Jack’s Abby Beer Hall

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.