Saad Jamshaid came to New Haven from Madison Monday for a night out.
"I grew up in New York and it's the same problem we have as in New Haven. There's barely any parking," said Jamshaid
Even though he found parking the city of New Haven is starting a program that will take the hassle out of parking downtown and help restaurants at the same time. It's called Park and Dine or the Downtown Restaurants Parking Partnership.
It's as simple as pulling into one of two garages (Temple or Crown Street), eating at a place like Pacifico or another participating restaurant and not paying a quarter for parking.
"You come in, enjoy your evening and you'd validate your ticket and you get back to the parking garage and you've now parked for free," said Mike Farber, a co-owner of Ordinary. They're on board with it.
The city and businesses say the idea is to get more people from the suburbs into downtown. Restaurants are putting the same amount of money into the program as the city.
"People are going to have to start to learn again they can come down here and just the big part is our surrounding communities-the Guilfords, the Hamdens," Farber added.
"Before we lived here, I would drive around for blocks and blocks trying to find a spot," said Rob Shroeder of New Haven.
But now you can either pull into the Temple or Crown Street garages and enjoy a good meal at participating places.
"It can be tough sometimes to try and have a dinner experience and have to leave to refill a meter so banding together to help people come down," said Max Toth of New Haven.
"That would be great for people," added Jamshaid.
If you want to take advantage of this program and get free parking, you have to come after 4pm and leave before 3am.