The City posted the following on their Outdoor Dining Program page today:
In 2023, due to reasons including the North End’s high density of restaurants and foot traffic, narrow streets and sidewalks, resident parking scarcity, and other related considerations, the City issued permits in the neighborhood for compliant sidewalk patios, but did not issue permits for on-street outdoor dining. In 2024, the City intends to continue those policies in the North End and may craft additional neighborhood-specific guidelines as the program advances.
The reasons cited at spurious at best. (Resident parking was replaced 1:1 in 2022, no tables or chairs were placed on sidewalks, and no travel lanes were narrowed 🤷)