Pueblo mayor launches initiative for patio dining during the pandemic

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PUEBLO, Colo. — Pueblo Mayor launches “Yes! Pueblo is Open for Patio Dining” initiative to help Pueblo restaurants and bars to take advantage of Pueblo’s warm weather to maximize revenue and allow for safer dining outside.

“There’s a reason Pueblo is called the banana belt. When snow buries Denver, Pueblo will be open,” said Mayor Nick Gradisar. “We want our restaurant industry to extend dining outside as long as possible.”

In a letter to mayors earlier this year, Governor Jared Polis asked cities to work with the local businesses to create safe outside spaces through the autumn and winter months.

“Governor Polis challenged local municipalities to seek creative solutions to keep customers safer outside — Pueblo is once again taking the lead to help our restaurants and bars stay open and keep customers safe during this pandemic,” said Mayor Gradisar.

The “Yes! Pueblo is Open for Patio Dining” program will purchase items so businesses can offer warm, covered, and safe dining to customers.

Outside dining allows for businesses to increase dining capacity due to social distancing rules.

“This year has been trying as Pueblo restaurants adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. To protect livelihoods and keep our economy strong, we are working with restaurants and bars on creative solutions to rebuild revenues.”

Mayor Nick Gradisar

To help keep customers warm during winter, the City of Pueblo will purchase for restaurants and bars much-needed items such as tables and chairs, propane heaters, outside canopies, and lights.

The City of Pueblo will continue to fast-track temporary permits for businesses that want to expand their outside dining area.

The program was funded through a $14.4m CARES Act grant awarded to the City of Pueblo and Pueblo County. The city’s share of the CARES Act funding was $5.5m.

Restaurants and bars are encouraged to apply early. All item requests are limited and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If a restaurant or bar would like to participate call 719-584-7229 or email outdoordining@pueblo.us and fill out an application here. The applications are due on October 9 at 5 p.m.

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