The first of what promises to be at least 17 wooden outdoor dining platforms was installed in front of Roxx on Main today, on the 700 block of Main Street. The outdoor dining "pocket" will be open and ready for diners on Friday.
"I want to thank (Public Works Director) Dave Scola for helping me get this," said Roxanne Cole, owner of Roxx on Main. "He said I would have it this week, and he kept his word. I'm excited about this - I think every restaurant on Main St. should have one of these. We need to work together and be successful."
The platform is made by Denver, Colorado company Bison Innovative Projects. The pockets are about $5,000 each, and the city will pick up all but $1,200 of the cost. The business owner will make up the difference. Each pocket, which takes up one parking place, will also cost the business owner $60 per month in lost parking revenue.
Similar pockets are also slated for Compass Star and Marty O's restaurants, on the 800 block of Main. Eventually, the city hopes to install the pockets for all downtown dining establishments which request one.