Soon you’ll be able to have a beer al fresco while you wait for a table at Burgers & Brew on Third Street.
Construction on what’s called a “parklet” outdoor dining area started in earnest a few months ago, and while the end is in sight, the restaurant is waiting on the state alcohol licensing agency to adjust its license to allow beer to be served in the parklet, said Derar Zawaydeh, part owner of Burgers & Brew.
Zawaydeh said the parklet not only will provide outdoor seating, but additional waiting space for patrons with the option of having a beer.
As the metal superstructure rises in front of Burgers & Brew at Third and C streets where two parking spaces used to be, people around town have been curious both about what is going in and when it will be done.
The City Council’s approval for the change came in late February, and construction started soon after. While the removal of two parking spaces was a concern among city staff, the lease for the two spaces is valued at $1,125 for five years, with the city being able to come back and re-evaluate its progress.
The idea, approved unanimously by the council that was seated then, was to be flexible about allowing downtown businesses to thrive, while city staff searched for a place to add more parking to make up for the loss of two spaces.
Burgers & Brew architect Betty Wu told the council at the time that its faith in the restaurant would not go unfounded: Burgers & Brew would use the best materials and it would make the downtown more enticing.
“You go to other towns, they don’t have the downtown that we have,” she said. “… It brings people down and people from other towns to come to our downtown.”
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