On June 8, the City of Denver announced that it was “allowing a temporary waiver of the 30-day rule for a temporary change in the request for space for avalanche viewing parties in bars and restaurants,” according to the Liquor Licensing Division’s website.
The news came as a surprise to many bar and restaurant owners, who now have the opportunity to go through the application process to temporarily expand into outdoor spaces before the Stanley Cup Finals begin in mid-June (the exact date of the series launch is dependent). ). at the end of the Eastern Conference Finals). While the requirement to apply 30 days in advance has been waived, the application process still involves inspection requirements and a safety and waste plan and fees, meaning not every application will be granted. “But we strongly encourage eligible companies to apply because if you don’t apply, you won’t be able to take advantage of this very limited opportunity,” said Eric Escudero, spokesman for the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses.
In the early months of the pandemic, Denver created a temporary outdoor dining program (scheduled to become permanent this year). “The temporary outdoor dining program is a longer-term program that was launched at a time when there were restrictions on indoor dining capacity and gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19 before public health vaccines became widely available were,” explains Escudero. “It also offered expedited review for road and public sidewalk closures. This temporary waiver of the 30-day temporary change rule does not provide expedited review of proposals to close roads or public sidewalks and will primarily benefit alcohol-emitting businesses with parking lots or a lawn to expand their service to.”
Many bars and restaurants that have areas such as parking lots or green spaces that could fall under this new temporary expansion already have a Pandemic Era Scheme permit, but some that have not been able to expand longer term may still benefit from it.
Escudero also acknowledges that the program will require additional work from the city. “Like the temporary al fresco dining program, it will increase the workload of city employees, but we recognize that the Avs’ promotion to the Stanley Cup Finals is a unique opportunity to continue our focused effort to help bars and restaurants recover.” , and we know it’s a step we have to take.”
So while it doesn’t sound like the streets of Denver will be turned into one big party for the Stanley Cup Finals, a few lucky bars and restaurants could take this opportunity to celebrate the Avs and add a much-needed sales boost to the process.