Park City dining decks, delectable summer option, return to Main Street
The al fresco dining returns to Main Street this spring.
The Park City Council in early May authorized leases with a series of restaurants along Main Street allowing them to operate dining decks this year. The leases allow the dining decks to operate until Oct. 30.
The City Council authorized leases with:
- 501 on Main
- Crystal Park Cantina
- The Eating Establishment
- Flanagan’s On Main
- Main Street Pizza & Noodle
The dining deck outside Fletcher’s will be placed on Swede Alley.
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The City Council did not hold an extensive discussion about the dining decks.
Park City launched the dining deck program in 2010, a time when the community continued to suffer through the effects of the recession. Restaurants on Main Street in that era pressed City Hall to allow the decks to be built on the street. They saw the dining decks as drawing more customers by offering outdoor seating. The dining decks have enjoyed success over the years, with some of them packed at many points in the summer and fall.
City Hall charges the restaurants with dining decks for the space they occupy on the street. Officials use a formula based on the potentially lost revenue from paid parking the municipal government would otherwise collect if the decks were not on the street.
A report submitted to Mayor Andy Beerman and the City Council prior to the recent meeting indicates City Hall will collect $17,884.80 in revenue from the dining decks. Main Street Pizza & Noodle’s dining deck incurs the largest fee, at $3,369.60, according to the report to the elected officials.
The municipal government put a clause into the leases requiring the decks be removed during the Kimball Arts Festival in August should the organizer of the event, the Kimball Art Center, request their removal.
The dining decks are seen as a step designed to help ensure Main Street remains competitive with outlying shopping, dining and entertainment districts. Restaurants in some of the other districts can more easily provide outdoor dining compared to those on tightly packed Main Street.
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