Vancouver Wants New Patio Space and Expanded Hours

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Mayor Gregor Robertson announced today that he will be asking staff to review how the City can best enable new patio space and extend patio hours in appropriate areas across Vancouver.

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The Mayor made the announcement in his remarks launching VIVA Vancouver’s 2013 program for more vibrant celebrations and creative activations on Vancouver’s streets. The City currently has 577 patios.

“We’ve been talking to a number of restaurant owners over the last couple of years about continuing to extend patio hours in areas around the city where it makes sense, not just Downtown but city-wide,” said the Mayor. “We need to look at those opportunities to use sidewalk or even street space that the City can offer to restaurants to expand the number of patio seats for our residents and visitors to enjoy. Whether it’s in Gastown or on Granville or in areas like Main Street, it’s important that the City works with local businesses and neighbourhoods to open up public space for public enjoyment, including for restaurants and cafes.”

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