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On-street dining helping Pueblo restaurants stay afloat

Outdoor seating for customers at The Senate Bar & Grill in Pueblo. The business says it was granted a temporary permit to put seating in the right-of-way on Grand Avenue.
Posted at 4:17 PM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 19:18:38-04

PUEBLO — More bars and restaurants in Pueblo are now able to provide outdoor seating for customers.

For those that don't have a patio - they're now being granted temporary permits to seat people on streets.

On Monday, News 5 spoke with The Senate Bar & Grill which has taken over the right-of-way on Grand Avenue.

Small businesses are still fighting every day to keep their doors open, but with limited capacity inside restaurants it's making things challenging. Since The Senate doesn't have a patio the business applied with the city to have outdoor seating on the street in order to bring in more customers. It was granted a provisionary permit allowing for an additional 40 seats for customers, something staff members say has helped sales to rebound similar to what they were before the coronavirus.

Co-Owner Ken Sciacca said, "We're very grateful to the City of Pueblo for recognizing the fact that we are the backbone of the city and it's important to know that these businesses are going to survive on the other side of this."

Sciacca shared that they have this revocable permit through the end of the year and that they'll be looking at a petition with the city after that to try to create some sort of permanent outdoor seating area.

On the agenda for Monday's Pueblo City Council meeting is the formal approval of that permit, a permit for the Iron Horse Bar & Grill to have outdoor seating in the right-of-way on North Main Street, and a permit for the Colorado Taproom to have seating in the right-of-way on Colorado Avenue.