Rockwell Group realized, from the first days of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing mandates for social distancing, that we would have to make adjustments to how people dine out.
We also saw the devasting impact of the restaurant closings on the economy and the restaurant industry, which provides over 300,000 jobs for New York City workers.
Our solution, DineOut NYC, designed pro-bono and in coordination with the NYC Hospitality Alliance, is an adaptable and modular outdoor dining system that allows businesses to operate under the current health guidelines, and creates places for diners to feel safe and comfortable.
Inspired by open-air cafes, and drawing on our modular work and experience designing restaurants, the DineOut NYC prototype addresses flooring, barriers, shading, lighting, and furniture as well as space for sanitation and restaurant equipment.
After receiving many inquiries from restaurants about how to create their street dining space, we decided to create a DineOut Tool Kit, and provide an overview of the components of a dining module.