Eugene streamlines process for 'streatery' applications

As restaurants look for ways to serve guests while complying with distancing orders, "streateries" are becoming an option.

Posted: May 29, 2020 7:20 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- As restaurants look for ways to serve guests while complying with distancing orders, "streateries" are becoming an option.

A streatery is seating on a public right-of-way and requires a permit from the city.

Now, with coronavirus, more space is needed, so the city has decided to streamline the process for businesses to apply.

This is a temporary executive action that expires Oct. 31. It waives the fees associated with applying and can grant same-day approval.

Jeannine Parisis is co-owner of Claim 52, the first restaurant to get approved. She said not only is it a big help to her business, but the city did a great job making the process easier. 

"I think it's going to be helpful for a lot of other businesses who like us are trying to expand options for customers who feel more comfortable being outside," she said.

A business must ensure the sidewalk is clear enough for pedestrians to walk and if they are occupying a parking space, people cannot be in danger of being hit by traffic.

Anne Fifield, who is in charge of city economic development for Eugene, said she thinks this will give relief to businesses.

"This is just going to be a very difficult summer for businesses -- for restaurants -- to stay open and provide enough space for people to be distant -- sit away from each other -- and still have the sit-down dinner experience," she said.

Fifield also said that the process moved so quickly, they have yet to upload the applocation online, but restaurants can reach out to the city directly.

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