Delivery Truck Plows Into Rittenhouse Square Dining Pod

Matt Petrillo reports.

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- You may have thought about it if you have dined Al Fresco during the pandemic. A driver, crashing into an outdoor eating area. It happened today in Rittenhouse Square. Matt Petrillo joins us now. Absolutely frightening, Matt.

MATT PETRILLO: [? Yeah, Yukee, ?] that's right. But the good news in all of this was no one was inside that dining pod at the time of the crash.

From above, Chopper 3 shows and outside dining pod that was dragged into the middle of the street by a delivery truck. It happened here at 18th and [? Sampson ?] streets in Center City, just outside of Tria Cafe.

- The main part that was the street was the front part right there that's in the building.

MATT PETRILLO: Fortunately, no one was inside the pod. And no one was hurt. But crews now say the only way to move it is in pieces.

- We had to tear down the whole thing. They want to keep whatever is salvageable. But for the most part, we are trying to get it out of the street as fast as possible.

MATT PETRILLO: Meantime, some restaurants are stepping up their game when it comes to outside eating. This restaurant has individual eating pods. And this is Rouge in Rittenhouse Square.

- So we have water fountains going, and gnomes, and having fun with just having, like, hanging gardens.

MATT PETRILLO: It's outside eating area has been transformed into a garden with lots of spring vibes.

ROB WASSERMAN: We're lucky enough that we're on Rittenhouse Square. So that gives us the added benefit. But still, it's something to have an experience for people to be able to come, to feel relaxed and comfortable, especially during this period.

MATT PETRILLO: Diners are enjoying it.

SAVANNAH SILVER: I think it is really nice. And I think they did a good job. And it looks really pretty. That's kind of why we came here. Because we're like, oh, it's pretty. We should eat here.

JULIA CARROLL: But it's really cool. I like all the greenery. Yeah, it's very springy.

MATT PETRILLO: You know, it's certainly really beautiful inside. And the owner of Rouge tells us, if you didn't have this outside eating area during the winter months, he might not have been able to stay open. We're live in Rittenhouse Square. Matt Petrillo, CBS 3 Eyewitness News.

- OK, Matt, thank you for--