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Outdoor Dining Grant Funding Program

Restaurants, cafes, and breweries can now apply for grant funding to expand outdoor dining spaces. Learn more.

Last Updated: Aug. 5, 2020

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Outdoor Dining

On May 27, 2020 Mayor Tim Keller announced that, for a second summer in a row, the City of Albuquerque will allow restaurants to add sidewalk seating. In addition, the Mayor, the Albuquerque City Council, and the City of Albuquerque Planning Department is offering expanded outdoor dining options as part of our economic recovery strategy and support for local restaurants struggling as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more about the May 27 announcement here.

Program Goal and Objectives

Reinvigorate restaurants by expanding areas available for COVID-Safe outdoor dine-in services and to help promote the health, safety, and general welfare of restaurant staff and their customers.

  • Rapid permitting of outdoor dining (sidewalks, parking lots, parklets, street closures) areas for existing restaurants in locations that would otherwise be required for parking, setbacks, or landscaping on a property for the duration of the COVID-19 Public Health Order.
  • Collaborative approach to streamline permitting process.
  • Assist participating restaurants with logistics and associated costs.

Sidewalk Dining

Allowing restaurants to utilize/expand sidewalk space in front of restaurant to offer outdoor dining space for customers.

Parking Lot Dining

Allowing restaurants to convert (private) parking areas and sidewalks into outdoor dining space for customers.


Allowing restaurants to convert on-street parking spaces (parallel, angled, perpendicular) into defined parklets.

Street Dining

Temporary closing of a street(s) allows for the use of additional street space to expand outdoor dining options for restaurants.


Temporary Outdoor Dining Permit Application

Download the Temporary Outdoor Dining Presentation

Watch the Temporary Outdoor Dining Webinar

Temporary Outdoor Dining FAQ's

To apply for a Liquor License Extension email the below application to Donna Montoya, CABQ, Alcohol Licensing Coordinator [email protected]

State of NM Temporary Change Liquor License Application

Outdoor Dining Grant Funding Program

With State public health order restrictions on indoor dining, many local cafes, restaurants, and breweries are struggling to stay open. Outdoor dining and patio spaces are keeping many businesses from going under, and on July 18th Mayor Keller announced a new grant program to help restaurants, cafes, and breweries build outdoor dining space. Read more about the July 18th announcement here.

Grant Program Goals and Objectives:

The Economic Development Department, in coordination with other City of Albuquerque departments, is awarding grants to local restaurants, cafes, and eligible breweries to expand the outdoor dining options for their customers. Utilizing funding provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, grants are available to support restaurants, cafes, and breweries in setting up and operating the following types of outdoor dining options:

  • Public sidewalks;
  • Parklets;
  • Private parking lots; and
  • Limited street closures

Restaurants, cafes, and breweries that are permitted to serve food by the Environmental Health Department, who are within Albuquerque city limits are eligible to apply for the Outdoor Dining Grant Funding Program. Entrants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Current City of Albuquerque business registration and applicable business license/permit;
  • Must be in good standing with the New Mexico Taxation & Revenue Department for filing and payments of gross receipts, use, and withholding taxes; and
  • Must already have a City Temporary Outdoor Dining Area permit for the type of outdoor dining space for which they are applying for funding.

Eligible applicants will be entered into a lottery to receive funding.



For more information on the Outdoor Dining Grant Funding Program email [email protected]


The City continues to urge all residents to support local businesses as often as they can. Purchase gift cards, order delivery or takeout a few times per week, tip extra if you can, shop online, and source groceries locally.

Visit Albuquerque, Albuquerque's destination organization has put together a list of restaurants and businesses still operating during the public health emergency.

Dining at a Distance Chart

Restaurant Submission Form

Interactive Dining Map

Shop Online Chart

Shop Online Submission Form

Additional lists can be found at iheartABQ, Yelp List, What's Open in New Mexico or Buy for Tomorrow, Today

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State Investment Council - $100 Million Dollar Loan Fund

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NM Gas Company - Suspends Penalties for Late or Missed Payments

PNM - Utility Bill Assistance

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Verizon Relief Support

1. Verizon will waive overage late fees to support customers who may be financially affected by COVID-19.
2. Verizon announced two months waived internet and voice service charges for current Lifeline customers and new affordable internet option for low income households.
3. Verizon added 15GB of high speed data for wireless consumer and small business customers to be automatically applied with no customer action necessary.
4. Consumer and small business Fios and DSL broadband internet plans have no data caps.

T-Mobile Relief Support

1. All T Mobile customers on plans with data will have unlimited smartphone data on our network for 60 days.
2. All T Mobile customers with hotspot data will have an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot service for 60 days.
3. All T Mobile customers will have free international calling for all current T Mobile/Metro by T Mobile customers to level three impacted countries.
4. T Mobile pledges not to terminate service and to waive late fees to residential and small business customers due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

AT&T Relief Support

1. Will not disconnect their service to their clients (residential or small businesses) who can’t pay bills
because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
2. Will not charge late fees to (residential or small businesses ) who have economic problems paying bills
3. Offering internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month.
4. Will all open access points of Wi-Fi available for anyone who needs to use them.

Bank of America Payment Deferrals

Resources to Take Your Business Digital

Food Delivery

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