As an expansion of the city's "parklet" program that turns street parking spaces into tiny public parks, the Seattle Department of Transportation announced a new "streatery" push yesterday, which converts some of a food establishment's street parking into sidewalk seating during business hours. When the eatery is closed, the space becomes a parklet, open to everyone.
At the end of February, SDOT gave businesses and community organizations a month to apply for a parklet or streatery space, and now they announce that they will be rolling out nine new streateries and three new parklets throughout Seattle this year.
Elysian Bar (converting a portion of the existing Chromer Parklet to a streatery), 1516 2nd Ave
Montana Bar (converting existing parklet to a streatery), 1506 E Olive Way
Comet Tavern and Lost Lake Lounge (converting existing parklet to a streatery), 10th Ave and Pike St
Stoneburner, 5214 Ballard Ave NW
Mamnoon, 1508 Melrose Ave
Flowers Bar & Restaurant, 4247 University Way NE
Bottleneck Lounge, 2328 E Madison St
Guild 19th LLC (business not yet named), 600 19th Ave E
TnT Taqueria, 2114 N 45th St
Community Arts Create, 4248 S Orcas St
Mighty-O Donuts, 1550 NW Market St
Sugar Plum, 324 15th Ave
In addition to these new projects, three previously approved parklets in Hillman City, Ballard, and First Hill will also open shortly, SDOT reports. The parklets already open include locations outside the Oasis Tea Zone in the International District, at the SIFF Cinema Uptown in Lower Queen Anne and at Tin Umbrella Coffee Roasters in Hillman City. When the parklets and streateries now in development are complete, the city will have 14 parklets and nine streateries total.
Jason Stoneburner told Komo he thinks the three on-street parking spaces he will swap for these 20 outdoor seats is worth it for his Ballard restaurant. "On days like today," Stoneburner said, referring to the sunny weather, "I think it's going to have a little bit of a draw."
According to Komo, restaurants with streateries will pay the city for lost parking revenue, which, depending on the neighborhood, comes to a few thousand dollars per space each year.