Outdoor dining furniture could become hazardous as winds from Henri move in

Several restaurants across the region are planning to take down any type of outdoor furniture at risk of flying away due to the chance for strong wind gusts as Henri approaches.

News 12 Staff

Aug 20, 2021, 11:53 PM

Updated 1,004 days ago

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Several restaurants across the region are planning to take down any type of outdoor furniture at risk of flying away due to the chance for strong wind gusts as Henri approaches.
As Henri churns through the Atlantic toward the Northeast, Joey Catalano, owner of Joey C’s Boathouse, says he’s doing what he can to prepare now.
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"If it does come high tide with the storm, that'll be the perfect storm, which we don't want to see that," Catalano says. "We have a lot of outside seating here and we have a lot of chairs, tables, umbrellas and a lot of stuff that can be damaged and thrown into the river.”
Dockside Brewery staff located across the river from Joey C’s Boathouse tell News 12 they're experienced with wind gusts off the river but will be taking extra precautions. Assistant general manager Tom Hanley says crews are lined up to secure any loose furniture on their patio.
"Tables are heavy and we'll tie them up too if we need to," Hanley says. "We'll take all the umbrellas down, anything that can fly away in any type of wind."
The timing of Henri presents the restaurants with a challenge in preparing for the storm. The restaurants have relied on their outdoor dining during the pandemic over the past 17 months and just hope there is not much devastation and damage for them.
They say that they're even thinking about closing on Sunday, but that closing will also impact their businesses significantly.


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