Regularly warm weather is coming — eventually — and the City of Boston has plans for basking in the outdoors. The Patios, a City Hall Plaza installation featuring libations, mini golf, and puppies, will return on May 2 at 5 p.m.
The outdoor spot debuted last year, and many elements will remain: Putt-putt stations will be available to play for free seven days a week, and Schultz’s Guest House in Dedham will bring out adoptable pups each hump day for “Wag Wednesdays.”
But this year’s version will also come with new and expanded elements. Sunday grilling sessions, for example, will allow visitors to use one of four electric grills on a first-come, first-served basis. Users can tote goods from home or purchase hot dogs and hamburgers from Bittersweet Homestead on-site.
In addition to uncooked meats, the Westminster-based food stop will serve hot dogs, Italian sausages, sweets, and beverages such as coffee and fresh-squeezed lemonade. More local options will be available during the Boston Public Market farmers market on Tuesdays and Thursdays from May 21 to Nov. 19. Additional details on that are expected in the coming weeks.
Guests will also be able to satiate their hunger at a variety of food trucks, which will operate on an extended schedule this season to accommodate the post-workday dinner set. Clyde’s Cupcakes, Maria’s Taqueria, Mediterranean Home Cooking, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Tacos Don Beto, and Trolley Dogs are some of the vendors that will be dishing out eats from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Lunch service will continue to be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
Wachusett Brewing Company will return with its Airstream trailer, pouring eight beers on draught starting at 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and at noon Fridays through Sundays. A margarita-inspired sour ale and Fifty Trees hard cider made with locally-sourced apples will be added to the mix this year, alongside a blueberry ale, the Wally New England IPA series, and a selection from fellow local breweries in a Guest Tap series.
And for those looking for a midday office escape, all nine patios will boast multiple power outlets and upgraded Wi-Fi.
The project, presented by Berkshire Bank, is part of an initiative by the Boston Garden Development Corp. and the City of Boston Property Management Department to reinvigorate the city space.