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RSS FeedsPatio season is here and has jumped the curb on King Street
(The Star Religion)


18 may 2019 21:07:01

Patio season is here and has jumped the curb on King Street
(The Star Religion)

Businesses along the King St. transit corridor are hoping for drier and warmer weather so they can take full advantage of the opportunity to literally spread out onto the street. As part of the city’s efforts to speed up streetcar services and improve the public space at the same time, restaurants and cafés are being encouraged to create patios in the curbside lane, previously used mainly for parking. The King St. transit project has been hailed as a success, with city data showing a significant increase in streetcar ridership as well as improved cycling and pedestrian experiences. Data also shows some growth in customer spending along the corridor, but some business owners complain that the project has resulted in a decrease in clientele and has impacted their bottom line.Last year while the project was still a pilot, a total of 10 businesses between Jarvis and Bathurst Sts. were approved for the creation of curb lane patios. This year, after the project was made permanent, five of these businesses renewed their permits, while two new ones have joined in, said city spokesperson Eric Holmes.He said the city continues to receive inquiries from businesses about the offer, and applications are open until May 31.“King St. is a key destination for culture, dining, entertainment, and retail and everyone is encouraged to take part in the vibrancy of the area, especially during patio season,” he said.As an incentive, the city agreed to waive the street occupation permit charge for businesses that create curb lane patios, usually a monthly nominal fee of $5.77 per square metre. CIBO Wine Bar near King and Spadina Ave. is among the businesses looking to take advantage of the opportunity to expand its patio seats. Its application for the curb lane patio has been submitted and would allow the bar to add about 60 places to its already existing 80 outdoor seats, said president and CEO Nick Di Donato.“The city wants to do this as it tries to activ ...
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