Dining al fresco in Denver will start to look a lot different by the end of the week, when the city’s first street patios open in Larimer Square and by the Denver Pavilions.
As of Wednesday, Larimer Street between 14th and 15th streets was blocked to thru-traffic. Glenarm Place between 15th and 17th streets is also blocked off starting this week, according to a release.
At least a dozen restaurants will expand into Larimer Square for the summer season, according to Sarah Cullen, a representative of Larimer Square developer Urban Villages. Those participating businesses are currently partitioning their new patio spaces.
Each patio will be separated from the next, so diners shouldn’t move between them, according to Cullen. A 20-foot fire lane will run down the middle of the pedestrian block with marked walkways on each side.
Urban Villages is working with Denver artist Pat Milbery, who also coordinated the Black Lives Matter mural on Broadway, to create a new mural for Larimer Street.
“We’re hoping this is a fun Friday night,” Cullen said of the rush that’s happening to get the street patio open and diners enjoying the open space. “Let’s get out.”
As of Wednesday, the city also had issued 85 permits to restaurants for temporary outdoor patio expansions. Restaurants are still required to operate at 50% capacity or less inside, with no more than 50 people in their dining rooms.
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