Made possible by a coalition of community, business supporters and volunteers

Information and photo released by HDCA

During the “Stay Home Stay Safe” regulations, local restaurants are experiencing some of the strictest restrictions with only 25% capacity, limited alcohol serving hours and social distancing requirements. Even after being able to open, many patrons have expressed their uncomfortableness of indoor seating and requested more outdoor seating.

In June 2020, the City of Chelan City Council approved the Executive Order by Mayor Goedde to modify the Special Event Permit which allowed for the extended use of downtown parking stalls for use by restaurants. Unfortunately the cost of building the required platforms was a hurdle for many restaurants. In August, the Historic Downtown Chelan Association and the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce worked to assemble the many partners required to launch this pilot program.

The “Streat-eries” were made possible by the following coalition:

  • The City of Chelan allocated $8,000 in Federal CARES funding.
  • The Lakeview Drive-In donated financially to help Historic Downtown Chelan businesses.
  • Lake Chelan Building Supply provided materials at reduced pricing.
  • Lake Chelan Rotary volunteers spent nearly 100 hours building the structure bases.
  • Marcus McCardle volunteered over 20 hours constructing the structure railings.
  • Succession Wines and Siren Song Wines donated the use of their wine barrels.
  • HDCA developed the streetery design, handled the permitting process, purchased lighting & shade sails.

“We continue seeking out opportunities on how to support our downtown businesses during these trying times. I am proud of the way our community has come together to make these extensions possible,” says Executive Director, Erin McCardle.

Locals and visitors alike are now able to enjoy outdoor seating at downtown parking stalls until October 31. Our hope is that community members will continue supporting our local restaurants by enjoying this addition to our downtown.

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9/1/20: Outdoor Streetside Dining Coming to Downtown Chelan