A waiter speaks to customers he serves in the seating area of Corridor 44 in Larimer Square in downtown Denver on Friday, June 19, 2020. (Rachel Ellis, The Denver Post)
You’d be forgiven if you hadn’t stopped thinking about Halloween this summer. But the vacation could be a little different this year.
Officially, it’s the last night Denver restaurants and bars can operate their extended outdoor patios for the season. This means that companies that operate temporarily outdoors will have a longer terrace life when the weather is nice.
Previously, restaurants had to pack their new patio areas by September 7th. However, the reaction of the community and the business owners led to an extension of the trial summer program, according to the city.
“It is important that restaurants and bars know that we will continue to support their recovery with this program as long as it does not adversely affect Denver’s efforts to suppress the transmission of the virus,” said Ashley Kilroy, executive director of Denver Excise and Licenses, in a press release.
In addition to the extended outdoor dining season, the city is also easing other restrictions so restaurants and bars can play music outside. But not just any music: “Recorded ambient or background music and television (that) don’t disturb the neighborhood,” says the city’s press release.
Denver has certainly quickened the pace of its approval after some restaurateurs filed complaints earlier this summer saying they were a month in the process and are still waiting for city approval for patio extensions that may or may affect their business.
As of Thursday, 273 extended terraces had been approved (89% of applications filled out based on excise duties and licenses), with outdoor seating areas ranging from parking lots to alleys.
Two communal outdoor terraces, where several restaurants can be served in a common seating area, have also been approved. The Denver Pavilions was the first and the downtown Dairy Block complex is the newest as of Thursday.
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