Colorful Murals Cover 4 Outdoor Dining Patios

On Labor Day 2020, a program called Curbside Canvas was launched to connect artists with struggling restaurant owners to transform their outdoor dining patios into street art, adding some color to NYC neighborhoods while attracting more attention to these dining establishments.

The initiative began downtown. Curbside Canvas’ director, Bill Tsapalas, told us it was launched in Tribeca with 13 participating restaurants and 20 volunteer artists.

The initiative has now expanded to four spots on the Upper West Side.

The first Curbside Canvas participant was Lion’s Head Tavern on 109th and Amsterdam, which partnered with artist Hector Urdaneta in December 2020.

Artist Hector Urdaneta

Emerald Inn got on the bandwagon in March when artist Sean Slaney gave its new patio an Irish-themed makeover.

More recently, Moonrise Izakaya, located on the corner of 98th and Amsterdam, was painted by artist Andrew Napolitano. This Japanese gastropub already had an insanely cool interior.

And artist Amah Dongo has painted a mural on the patio of Good Enough To Eat, on 85th and Columbus.

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