An increasing number of pop-up patios are planned for restaurants and bars in Calgary as the city builds on an initiative started last year.
Two pop-up patios are already in operation in the northwest area of Kensington and another half a dozen are going through the application process with the city.
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It is another day at city hall.
It is a day when the politicians talk about a city-owned affordable housing tower with folks ready to move in but the building isn’t hooked up to sanitation.
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EDMONTON – Sidewalk patios might become even more popular in Edmonton after councillors voted Monday to reduce the application fee.
The cost of permits for major sidewalk cafes — with more than eight seats and liquor service — was cut to $100 from $420 by council’s executive committee, while the licence for minor patios without alcohol was set at $25.
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Calgary Planning Commission members don’t want 17th Avenue S.W. to became another uncontrollable Electric Avenue, nor a dead zone during the day, but they’re not sure city planners have the right solution yet.
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On the strip that got national attention a decade ago for its vibrant nightlife, the city could soon all but shut the taps on new bars or licensed restaurants to help save 17th Avenue’s daytime business.
The Red Mile has been in decline as a shopping district for several years, as high rents have squeezed margins. An influx of pubs and restaurants have made the avenue more popular at night but subdued by day, when stores are open, prompting the 17th Avenue Business Revitalization Zone to call for new city regulations.
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Just how important is the Canadian food services and drinking places industry to the economy?
Well, take a look at some of the data.
According to Statistics Canada, Canadian restaurants, bars and caterers created 33,891 new jobs between January and August. The restaurant industry is the second-fastest job creator so far this year – just behind the construction industry.
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