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03/30/2011 10:50 am ET | Updated May 30, 2011

Times Squre Pedestrian Plazas To Get Food Service

Welcome to Times Square, can we take your order?

Times Square pedestrian plazas will turn into sidewalk cafes under a new plan to bring food service to the tourist mecca.

From the New York Post:

Starting this summer, up to five vendors will be contracted to take orders and serve food to people sitting at the 350 red chairs and 100 tables within the car-free area, according to a request for proposals released today.

"If you're sitting there, we want you to have the opportunity to get a light beverage or snack," Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance, told the Post. "We're constantly thinking about how to make these Broadway plazas a great urban space."

The business improvement district is also looking for companies that can deliver food from Times Square restaurants to plaza tables.

Perhaps you could get Olive Garden's unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks without leaving the sidewalk.

Advocates of the table service said they hope the cafes will attract tourists and business people.

Opponents of the cafes say they create traffic jams and take up too much space.

Those are the same types of complaints that got plans pedestrian plazas on 34th Street axed.