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A new concept in outdoor dining is coming to Minot.
The Minot City Council approved a plan to allow streeteries and parklets, mostly in downtown, for businesses that want to create or expand outdoor seating areas.
A streetery or parklet would essentially be a deck or platform that would extend outward from a sidewalk’s curb into a parking space. The structure would have buffers or railings on three sides, and would have a footprint slightly smaller than a full-sized car. They could be in place between April 15 and Oct. 15.
Jonathan Rosenthal, economic development specialist for the City of Minot, told City Council members that similar programs have been popular around the country, including in Grand Forks. He’s already had interest from at least two downtown businesses owners who want to add a streetery.
“I would anticipate having two or three in the first year, and probably never going more than five or six of these,” Rosenthal said. “Do you lose a parking space? You sure do. But on the other hand, you gain a lot by having outdoor dining.”
Eligible applicants include property owners, storefront business owners, non-profit institutions and community organizations, schools, City of Minot, and the Minot Park District. Other applicants would be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants would be required to have insurance, and would pay a building permit fee and a yearly inspection fee, among other items.
“This is such a neat idea and can be a game changing element for downtown and other businesses,” Alderman Paul Pitner said. “I’m excited about this. These are the ideas that we just haven’t had in our community in the past.”
The Council unanimously passed the program.