Corvallis businesses excited to expand outdoors

Corvallis business owners are sharing their excitement after being approved for parking lot seating and operations.

Posted: Jun 16, 2020 6:39 PM
Updated: Jun 16, 2020 6:39 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Corvallis business owners are sharing their excitement after being approved for parking lot seating and operations.

According to the City of Corvallis' website, they're helping businesses shift some operations outdoors to allow for improved physical distancing.

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"We basically just hand drew out a little site map showing the business here and the three parking spaces we wanted to take and then we had to explain what kind of barrier we would put around it and then we emailed it in and it basically took one day and we were approved," said Dave Seidel, owner of Treebeerd's Taphouse. 

Prior to this new measure, some Corvallis businesses were struggling to make ends meet -- farm-to-table restaurant Castor being one of them.

"To go at less than 50% we don't even meet that, so this helps us meet a 60-70% occupancy on a night, and I think that would be helpful," said chef Danielle Lewis.

The City will be giving between three to five parking spaces to each business that is approved. They are required to fence off the area from the rest of the street.

"We're getting old recycled barrels that we will be blocking off and then we will string lights up, and then we are refurbishing tables right now that people are trying to get rid of and so we'll have six to eight tables out here," said Lewis. 

Although Treebeerd's Taphouse was able to do curbside pickup and seat a limited amount of people inside, they were not able to make nearly as much of a profit as they were hoping when they opened their business just eight months ago. 

"It's going to greatly help, 'cause as you know the economy, because of COVID-19, and every little bit helps," said Seidel. 

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