Is it time for Kirkland to re-think how we permit outdoor sidewalk dining? Other cities have expanded dining options to include "streateries" small cafes located in on-street parking spaces. Vancouver, Portland, San Francisco and Denver have all found solutions from which Kirkland could benefit.
The concept is intriguing as it would permit most Kirkland restaurants to expand their seating capacity during the warm summer months. From the perspective of this frequent patron of Kirkland restaurants, more dining al fresco would be welcomed. In addition, such a move would make Kirkland unique on the Eastside.
There is a caveat, of course. And this is a big one: Streateries should be implemented ONLY IF net parking supply is not reduced...Read More