Twenty-five restaurants across the City have received City approval to open outdoor dining areas. In Malden Center, construction is complete on the outdoor seating area for Exchange Street Bistro. Owner John Carlino installed a wrought iron rail system around a contained area that will offer seating at a combination of high top and standard tables. Another restaurant, Mystic Station, installed an outdoor seating area on Pleasant Street under the Commonwealth’s Shared Streets Program. The City expedited the permitting process for sidewalk cafes in an effort to support ongoing recovery efforts from COVID-19.