Greg Lehman is one of the owners of Watershed Distillery.
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A new Ohio House bill would allow bars and restaurants to expand their seating and service into parking lots or public grounds. They’d also be able to sell alcohol for delivery through third-party services such as GrubHub or Doordash.

Craig and Teresa Dame at Pauls on Fifth.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Paul’s on Fifth in Grandview is normally packed for lunch. Instead, waitresses in masks lean on the diner’s cash register in between serving a half dozen or so tables of customers.

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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss one court ruling that will allow the electronic collection of voter signatures for ballot issues, and another that lets gyms and fitness centers open up ahread of the state's schedule.

Grant Cassidy in Lindey's front dining room.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Lindey's is a German Village staple, but their Beck Street-facing dining room, all hardwood and red leather, looks a bit different than usual.

Standard Hall in the Short North was cited multiple times over the weekend for violating state health guidelines.
Standard Hall / Facebook

In Columbus, nine bars and restaurants were cited for violating social distancing requirements after patios were allowed to reopen Friday.

Gov. Mike DeWine inside the Governor's Residence in Columbus on Dec. 13, 2019.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

As the state reopens, Gov. Mike DeWine insists, the success of the economy depends on whether Ohioans follow social distancing protocols.

Genti Koci, owner of OPA in Delaware, choose not to reopen for outdoor dining on Friday.
Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

As restaurants and bars that had been closed since March opened for outdoor dining this weekend, pictures of packed patios from some establishments around the state appeared to show operators and patrons ignoring social distancing protocols. In contrast, some restaurants didn’t open for service at all.

Gov. Mike DeWine gives his daily coronavirus briefing on April 1, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine says the state will do "whatever we have to do" to enforce social distancing measures if bars and restaurants fail to restrain crowds. His comments came Sunday after pictures of packed Columbus bars went viral on social media.

Joe (pictured right) and his wife Kelly Capatosto have been serving socially distant espresso from their home. All proceeds go to help service workers.
Kelly Capatosto/Watercolor by Keely C McKinley

WOSU's project Letters From Home is sharing stories from isolation—how Ohioans are getting through this pandemic, alone and together. In addition to adding new challenges to our lives, the coronavirus has also complicated old ones.

There's a new drink on the menu at the Twisted Citrus, and it matches some new drapery.

The Rubber Duckie Mimosa, a concoction of champagne and blue rasberry lemonade with a classic yellow rubber duck floating on top, was inspired by the North Canton, Ohio breakfast joint's method of protecting its patrons from the spread of COVID-19: shower curtains.

Shaun (left) and Molly Lentini in their masks at BrewDog in Franklinton.
Nick Evans / WOSU

It wasn’t exactly patio weather in Columbus on Friday afternoon, but that didn’t stop restaurants from opening outdoor dining for the first time under Ohio's new guidelines.

For an idea of why independent restaurants have long complained about food delivery apps, just ask Anil Bathwal, who owns The Kati Roll Company, a group of New York City restaurants serving Indian street food.

Bathwal relied on a handful of food apps to supplement his dining-in purchases, despite hefty commissions the apps tack on to every sale; he used Grubhub-owned Seamless, Uber Eats, Postmates and other food-ferrying services.

One Line Coffee in Columbus is reopening May 15.
David Holm / WOSU

Gov. Mike DeWine’s plan to re-open Ohio’s economy allows beauty salons and barbershops to get back in business Friday, May 15. The plan also allows restaurants to open patio seating.

Easton Town Center in Columbus has sat mostly empty since Ohio's stay-at-home order went into effect.
David Holm / WOSU

After two months of being shut down as non-essential, Ohio’s retail businesses are being allowed to open Tuesday. By the end of the week, many restaurants, bars and hair salons could also reopen.

The Hot Chicken Takeover location in Clintonville is preparing to reopen in accordance with safety guidelines from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.
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Restaurants around Ohio are looking for guidance on how to re-open after the governor said they could serve patrons outdoors next week, and begin indoor dining a week later.