Restaurant business

Denver eases restrictions in hopes of boosting bar and restaurant activity for Stanley Cup Final

On June 8, the City of Denver announced that it was “allowing a temporary waiver of the 30-day rule for a request to temporarily modify premises for avalanche watch parties at bars and restaurants,” according to the site. Liquor Licensing Division web.

The news came as a surprise to many bar and restaurant owners, who now have the option of going through the application process to temporarily expand into outdoor spaces ahead of the start of the Stanley Cup Finals in mid-June (the exact date of the start of the series depends on the end of the Eastern Conference Finals). Although the requirement to apply thirty days in advance has been removed, the application process still includes inspection requirements and a safety and waste plan, as well as a fee, which means that all applications will not will not be approved. “But we strongly encourage eligible companies to apply, because if you don’t apply, you can’t take advantage of this very limited opportunity,” says Eric Escudero, spokesperson for the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses.

In the early months of the pandemic, Denver created a temporary outdoor dining program (expected to become permanent this year). “The temporary outdoor dining program is a longer-term program, launched at a time when there were restrictions on indoor dining capacity and gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19 before the vaccines are not widely available to offer public health protection,” says Escudero. “It also offered expedited review for public street and sidewalk closures. This temporary waiver of the 30-day rule for temporary modification does not provide expedited review for proposals to close public streets or sidewalks. , and will primarily benefit liquor service businesses with a parking lot or lawn where they can expand their service.”

Many bars and restaurants that have spaces like car parks or grassy areas that could fall under this temporary new expansion have already been approved under the pandemic-era program, but some that weren’t able to expand longer term could still benefit .

Escudero also admits that the program will require additional work from the city. “Like the temporary outdoor dining program, this will increase the workload for city employees, but we recognized that the Avs qualifying for the Stanley Cup Finals is a golden opportunity to continue our efforts. targeted to help bars and restaurants recover, and we know that is a step we need to take.”

So while it doesn’t look like the streets of Denver will be transformed into one big party for the Stanley Cup Finals, some lucky bars and restaurants may be able to take this opportunity to celebrate the Avs and get a raise. revenue needed in the process.