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Ontario turns up the heat with gifts of lamps, gear for restaurants

Guests at Berts Growler Garage enjoy lunch under a new outdoor heater. (Liliana Frankel/The Enterprise).

ONTARIO – Restaurants in Ontario got a little extra something this holiday season to keep their employees and guests warm.

The Ontario City Council in early December approved about $12,000 to buy tents, weights, wind walls, heaters, and propane tanks for restaurants looking to expand into outdoor dining – which is currently the only kind of on-site dining allowed under Oregon’s Covid restrictions. 

The city began delivering the materials last week.

“The only olive branch that Kate Brown was giving restaurants was outdoor dining,” said Jason Jungling, owner of the Plaza Inn Restaurant.

He was responsible for proposing to city councilors that they do something to help the local hospitality industry. 

Jungling . . .