DENVER (CBS4) – The City of Denver approved the city’s first communal outdoor dining hall. The Glenarm Patio will open at 500 16th Street.
Restaurants include Lime, Maggiano’s Little Italy, 5280 Burger, and Hard Rock Cafe.
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“You try to take the good and the bad, you have a break, you can get a little break after all these years, but at the end of the day you have to make a living,” Curt Sims said.
Sims is the owner of Lime, located on the third floor of the Denver Lodges. He says the COVID-19 shutdown lasted much longer than expected.
Now, with the green light to reopen, he says business has changed.
“Most of our stuff is the theater, the convention center and the tourists, so they weren’t going much,” he joked.
The move to the common dining room would allow food establishments to expand their serving capacity while enforcing safe health guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic.
Ashley Kilory, executive director of Excise & Licenses in Denver, said that although they have authorized more than 100 patio expansions since COVID-19, this is the first of its kind.
Generally, under state liquor laws, a patio must be adjacent to the premises, but this is a new tool under state law that allows a patio to be as far as 1,000 feet, ”she said.
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Kilroy says they’re doing everything they can to give restaurants as much space as possible to bring business back to a version of normal.
“It allows for greater social distancing, it allows customers to feel safe and enjoy the great outdoors and also restaurants to increase capacity and serve more customers and get their employees back to work,” said Kilroy.
Sims says the new space will allow for more exposure and new opportunities, but the behind-the-scenes work to make it happen has brought new hope for the future.
“I’ve been doing this for a long time in this city and I’ve never seen anything like it, like it needs to be done because we don’t have a choice,” Sims said.
Denver is also accepting temporary outdoor extension requests for restaurants and bars. City authorities have released the following updated data on this program:
- 227 candidates submitted full applications
- 146 have been approved to operate
- 65% of applicants who submitted all required materials were approved to operate.
All restaurants interested in eating together can send an e-mail of their interest to [email protected]
Denver last week approved the closure of some downtown streets for outdoor dining.
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