Montco tourism board creates outdoor dining guide as restaurants reopen

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Montgomery County tourism group has compiled a guide for residents and visitors looking for outdoor dining locations.

Rachel Riley, communications director for the Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board, says as soon as the area moved into the "yellow phase" of reopening, it made sense to take the pulse of restaurants to find out their plans.

"And we found a lot of them are going to be adapting, even if they didn't have outdoor dining. Many are putting up tents and different types of outdoor setups," she explained. "So we put together a guide on our website letting folks know that, in addition to some that may previously have offered outdoor dining, here's some more that you may not have expected."

While compiling the guide, Riley said the restaurants' owners and chefs talked about how were thrilled they were to be up and running again.

"I think they're just excited to be getting back to some sort of new sense of normalcy and be able to serve food again to their guests that they love to do," she said of the county's chefs. "They're great and there's such an eclectic version of food all throughout the county, there's so much variety.”

Riley says the guide also lists the new health and safety rules guests will have to follow at each restaurant.

"Obviously, there are some rules that people will have to adhere to when they go to our outdoor dining spaces. Of course, first and foremost we want everyone to remain safe and healthy when they’re enjoying their time in Montco," she said.

Visitors can find the guide at the board's website, or download the Visit Valley Forge app.