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Rio Gets Strict on Outside Seating Areas

By Stephen Eisenhammer, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – For decades, restaurants and bars spread seemingly unchecked into street-side space, forming an important part of Rio’s cityscape and a vital revenue stream for their owners. But it now looks like the local Prefeitura has decided to enforce strict licensing laws surrounding the application for external seating zones.

It appears to have accompanied Mayor Eduardo Paes’ Operação Choque de Ordem

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