Main Street dining decks: does your favorite restaurant want to build one?
March 18, 2011
Five Main Street restaurants have submitted paperwork at City Hall to build dining decks on the street, a group of eateries that would more than double the number of the decks on Main Street roadway this year if each of them is approved.
City Hall staffers will start poring through the applications next week. The Planning Department must approve a permit for each of the decks. The Park City Council, meanwhile, is required to agree to leases with each of the restaurants to allow the decks on the Main Street roadway.
The five applications were filed by:
The newcomers would join four other restaurants that received approvals in 2010. The ones built last year were by Cisero’s, Bistro 412 and Zona Rosa. The Zona Rosa space is now occupied by a restaurant called 501 on Main, and the approval transferred to the new restaurant. Red Banjo Pizza Parlour received an approval to build a dining deck in 2010 but did not do so.
The dining decks that were authorized in 2010 received three-year approvals. The restaurants that filed applications this year are being considered for two-year approvals, a period that will put them on the same timeline for renewal as those from 2010, said Francisco Astorga, the City Hall planner who is handling the applications.
The Park City Council earlier indicated it wanted a maximum of 12 dining decks built this year.
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There would be nine of the decks on Main Street this year if each of the restaurants holding approvals from 2010 put them up and each of the current applications are OK’d and the dining decks are then built.
"Given a quick, preliminary review, they’re going to fit," Astorga said.
The applications involve decks that are approximately 9 feet wide and range in length between 24 feet and 36 feet, Astorga said.
Once City Hall staffers review the applications, a 10-day window for public comment will open. Staffers afterward could grant permits, with the restaurants also needing the lease agreements with the City Council. Astorga said the City Council could consider the leases starting in mid-April.
The restaurants were required to pay a $180 application fee and they must also pay City Hall $675 for each parking spot a deck occupies, a figure equal to a portion of what the municipal government would collect in paid-parking fees on the spots.
The decks were a dramatic addition to Main Street in 2010, jutting into the roadway and drawing crowds of people who wanted to dine al fresco. Main Street leaders say the decks make the street more competitive with other shopping, dining and entertainment districts in the Park City area.
"Whether they dine on the decks or not, it’s going to seem more vibrant," said Alison Butz, the executive director of the Historic Park City Alliance, a group representing businesses on Main Street or just off the street.
The Historic Park City Alliance championed the idea to allow dining decks during the discussions at City Hall last year that resulted in the first set of approvals. Butz said she is pleased the applications this year come from restaurants on the east and west sides of Main Street. She said she anticipated the number of applications that were filed and that there will not be "overkill" on Main Street if each of them is built.
One of the co-owners of Shabu said he hopes the deck outside the restaurant opens by late June. Kevin Valaika, who owns Shabu with his brother and also serves as the chairman of the Park City Area Restaurant Association, said the dining decks were successful in 2010.
"Main Street needs to work on promoting itself in the summer," Valaika said, adding, "All the decks on Main Street are full at night."