By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Mar 03, 2021 at 12:01 PM

More patios on which to enjoy safer dining? Yes please.

The Milwaukee Active Streets for Business program, which allows restaurants to make use of sidewalks, parking lanes and travel lanes for expanded patio seating, has been extended for a second time.

The program, launched by the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works in June of 2020, was extended last November to accommodate outdoor dining throughout the winter; but it was scheduled to sunset on March 15, 2021.

However, the city has extended the program through November 15, 2021, allowing participants to apply for a permit for extended outdoor operations through the remainder of spring, summer and early fall.

The application for program participation, plus a full list of guidelines is available at

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.