A Big New Spot for Grubbin’ Al Fresco Pops Up in Senate Square!

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A large-scale open-air market and dining area located on Helsinki's iconic Senate Square opened to the public on Wednesday, as a way to encourage the catering industry as well as tourism, reported Xinhua.

Out of the more than 100 local restaurants that applied for a spot of the "Super Terrace" on the 3,000-square-meter Senate Square, 16 have been selected by the City of Helsinki in mid-June. When the selection of the restaurants was announced, the mayor of Helsinki Jan Vapaavuori said that due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the operation of restaurants had been restricted and opening the "Super Terrace" aims to alleviate the financial distress of restaurateurs.

A total of 480 customer seats were set on the "Super Terrace," which opens from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day until the end of August. The restaurants offer a diverse selection of food and drink, including breakfast, lunch, fine dining, cocktails and craft beers from local microbreweries.

Preventing infection with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, is one of the most important things to consider on the "Super Terrace," though the epidemic situation in Finland has been eased, national broadcaster Yle reported on Wednesday.

Concerning the measures his restaurant taken, Via Tribunal's manager Antti Kuitunen told Yle that safety is maintained in the same way as in the brick-and-mortar restaurant, for example, no serving at the tables. Kuitunen said that hygienic hand disinfection, hand wash and rubber gloves are really emphasized. Via Tribunal is a well-known pizza restaurant brand in Helsinki, the Finnish capital.

According to the introduction made by Linda Bergroth, designer of the open-air dining area, the "Super Terrace" has been designed in the spirit of the allotment garden. About 200 cultivation boxes have been set there, planted with a total of more than 3,000 different flowers and plants. With the help of the flower boxes, the flow of people is guided and tables are separated with safety intervals.

All the big events had been canceled, due to the state of emergency imposed by the Finnish government in mid-March to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

"Now the state of emergency gives birth to something new that would not otherwise have been done," Bergroth was quoted by Yle as saying.

Located in the center of Helsinki, Senate Square is a unique symbol of political, religious, scientific and commercial powers of the capital city. Famous landmarks in the surroundings of the square include the Helsinki Cathedral, the Government Palace, and the main building of the University of Helsinki.

Source: www.dailyfinland.fi

14 Comments
  1. EmilySmith92 says

    Could you please share more details on the safety measures implemented at the “Super Terrace” to prevent COVID-19 infections? It’s great to see initiatives like this supporting the local catering industry!

    1. JohnDoe84 says

      Sure thing, EmilySmith92! At the “Super Terrace,” safety measures include regular sanitization of tables and seating areas, mandatory mask-wearing for all staff, contactless payment options, and the implementation of social distancing protocols in seating arrangements. These measures aim to provide a safe dining experience for all visitors while supporting the local catering industry during these challenging times.

  2. Jessica90 says

    As a local Helsinki resident, I am thrilled about the opening of the “Super Terrace” on Senate Square. It’s a great initiative to support the catering industry and boost tourism in the city. I look forward to enjoying some delicious meals and drinks in this vibrant outdoor market.

  3. SarahJohnson1985 says

    Ensuring safety on the “Super Terrace” is crucial in these times, and I’m glad to see the measures being taken seriously by the restaurants. It’s important to prioritize the well-being of both customers and staff while still providing a memorable dining experience.

  4. JessicaSmith123 says

    As a local resident, I am excited to see the new “Super Terrace” on Senate Square! It’s a great initiative to support our local restaurants and bring some life back to the city after the challenging times of the pandemic. Can’t wait to enjoy some al fresco dining under the Helsinki sky!

  5. EmilySmith123 says

    Is there a specific protocol in place for ensuring social distancing and sanitization at the “Super Terrace” in Senate Square?

    1. JohnDoe456 says

      Hi EmilySmith123, yes, there are specific protocols in place at the “Super Terrace” in Senate Square to ensure social distancing and sanitization. The management has implemented measures such as spacing out the seating areas, providing hand sanitizing stations, and regular cleaning of the dining areas. Your safety is a top priority when enjoying the outdoor market and dining experience. Stay safe and enjoy your visit!

  6. AlexandraSmith91 says

    As a local Helsinki resident, I am thrilled to see the launch of the "Super Terrace" at Senate Square. It’s a great initiative to support our catering industry during these challenging times. I can’t wait to visit and enjoy the diverse food and drink offerings while soaking up the summer atmosphere!

  7. EmmaSmith99 says

    Will there be any specific guidelines in place for customers dining at the “Super Terrace” to ensure their safety during the ongoing pandemic?

    1. JohnDoe87 says

      Yes, there are specific guidelines in place for customers dining at the “Super Terrace” to ensure their safety during the ongoing pandemic. Social distancing measures, regular sanitization of seating areas, mandatory mask-wearing when not seated, and contactless payment options are among the safety protocols implemented by the restaurants on the terrace.

  8. EmilyJohnson says

    As an avid food enthusiast, I think the concept of the “Super Terrace” at Senate Square is a brilliant initiative to support the local catering industry and attract tourists. It’s wonderful to see the community coming together to create such a vibrant dining experience in these challenging times.

  9. EmilySmith123 says

    Are there any specific guidelines in place regarding social distancing and hygiene measures at the “Super Terrace” to ensure the safety of customers and staff?

    1. JohnDoe456 says

      Yes, there are strict guidelines in place at the “Super Terrace” to ensure the safety of everyone. Social distancing measures are enforced, tables are spaced out, and enhanced hygiene protocols are followed diligently by the staff to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Enjoy your dining experience with peace of mind!

  10. MeganSmith25 says

    As a local Helsinki resident, I am thrilled about the opening of the “Super Terrace” on Senate Square. It’s a fantastic initiative to support our catering industry and boost tourism in the city. The diverse selection of food and drink options available all day is a great way to enjoy outdoor dining while staying safe during these times.

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