Greenwood Village ends temporary restaurant patio extensions

A spokesperson for the City of Greenwood Village did not give a specific reason why the city allowed the patio extension program to expire.

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colorado – It cost a small fortune, but the rigs Peakview Brewing owner Sean Peters built outside his brewery during the COVID lockdown literally kept his young business alive.

But amid a further rise in COVID cases and hospitalizations, Greenwood Village, where Peakview is located, has chosen to let its temporary outdoor patio extension program expire, unlike the larger city of Denver, which has made its temporary patio extension program permanent last month.

Peters estimates that between lumber and fishing tents, his company spent around $ 8,000 to build an enlarged patio, as permitted by a temporary ordinance from the Town of Greenwood Village to help keep businesses like his afloat. when people weren’t allowed to drink beer inside.

“These platforms are pretty much the only reason we’ve survived COVID,” Peters said. “We were just under a year old when it all hit. So we haven’t really had a lot of time to develop as a business as a craft brewery.

When restrictions eased and some people were allowed to return to his small sales room in a mall off Arapahoe Road, the platforms outside still offered additional space to make up for the loss of returned during the closures, Peters said.

When the weather turned cold, the brewery dragged fishing tents, so parties could have space while supporting the brewery.

“We put lanterns in there and people kind of had that camping vibe in the Denver Tech Center, which is pretty fun,” he said.

When all restrictions were lifted, the platforms continued to help the brewery rebuild their nest egg which was strained during the pandemic.

Peters, a veteran, found out about the policy change in Greenwood Village through his business partner who is currently on deployment.

“He said we had to get rid of it by Monday last week or they would start fining us,” Peters recalls. “They didn’t really give us a lot of warnings.”

A spokesperson for the city of Greenwood Village did not give a specific reason why the city allowed the patio extension program to expire.

“So far, the city has not received any requests from our companies to extend this program,” spokeswoman Melissa Gallegos wrote in response to questions from Then with Kyle Clark. “City Council, in coordination with our partners at Tri-County Health, will continue to monitor conditions and take appropriate action.”

Peters said he and his business partner were unaware the city was considering letting the program expire.

“If they’d given us the opportunity to say ‘Why do we want these platforms or why do we still need the extended patio?’ I would have easily gone to the town hall meeting and I would have been like looking, these are the numbers, ”he said.

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Peters said he doesn’t understand why keeping the expansions at least until the pandemic goes away really hurts the city.

“Denver’s sprawling patios are on busy streets,” he said. “Greenwood Village is in the parking lots and if parking isn’t a problem it never is, why can’t we keep it.”

According to the Colorado Restaurant Association, the state still has a temporary rule in place allowing patios to be extended until at least May 2022, but individual jurisdictions can make their own decision. The association says restaurants are still allowed to request patio extensions in towns where temporary programs have expired, but they should follow pre-pandemic authorization procedures.

The city of Aurora also allowed its temporary patio program to expire at the end of October, citing a lack of business interest. A spokesperson for that city said most restaurants that wanted to keep their enlarged patios had already applied through a normal process to make them permanent. He said Aurora would allow some companies to temporarily expand patios for social distancing on a case-by-case basis.

Peters has already found someone to take the wood from his parking platforms, when he quickly dismantled them to follow Greenwood Village rules. Now he’s focused on getting the city approved for permits for a permanent extension of his indoor valve room to the unit next door, hoping the latest increase won’t cause too many problems.

“Now with some kind of COVID number on the rise, there are a lot of unknowns,” he said.

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