It was a long-standing demand of the union of hoteliers, cafetiers and restaurateurs: to have more terrace spaces in the Breton capital. Experienced as a hard blow, the Covid crisis may also have made it possible to finally access it. This Sunday, October 31, all restaurants and bars that have obtained the possibility of extending or creating a terrace, free of charge, on parking spaces, must dismantle the structures. But these wooden terraces will not be thrown away, but “put away” in order to study their relocation for the beautiful season.
“The city realized that rather than having cars, the terraces created places of life. There is a good chance that they will reopen ”, estimates Jacques David, president of Umih 35. However, there will be no question, this time, of free, which had been decided in an exceptional way to mitigate the impact. of the health crisis in the catering sector.
“The new terraces will be priced, but it’s a hell of a call for restaurateurs, and in addition to allowing them to make money, it’s nice. So now, we have all winter to work on this, ”continues Jacques David. For these upcoming expansions, the city has conceded another long-standing request from restaurateurs: the creation of a terrace commission between professionals in the sector and the city of Rennes to help union members put together their files.