BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)– After months of shutdowns, restaurant owners of Soho Buffalo and Rec Room tell News 4, it felt good to get staff back to work and customers back at their outdoor tables. Now, with the City’s permission, they should be able to continue this for next week’s second home playoff game.

“The Mayor’s Office with the Reopen Buffalo plan, did extend the patios through May,” said Owner of Rec Room, Chris Ring. “So all our paperwork is in there. All our insurance is there. So we’ll basically do this kind of thing moving forward through May with the City’s approval,” he added.

According to the city’s Special Events department, if a restaurant has never submitted an application for this type of event, they need to reach out as soon as possible to get all required paperwork in by Monday, January 11th, 2021. For any business previously approved, like Soho and Rec Room, they just need to confirm their plans with the Special Events Division.