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Little Italy parklet, piazza get restaurant capacity up to 85 percent

By: Jonathan Horn

Posted at 5:16 PM, Aug 13, 2020 and last updated 5:49 PM, Aug 13, 2020

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — The twists and turns of the coronavirus pandemic have been especially hard on Little Italy’s Civico 1845 restaurant.

“We’re counting pennies every day,” owner Dario Gallo says.

Gallo couldn’t get a stimulus Paycheck Protection Program loan and now, it’s illegal for him to have guests eat indoors. “There’s been the moment, earlier in the previous month where things were changing day after day with new regulations,” Gallo says.

Marco Polo Cortes, a hospitality consultant who helps businesses apply, including Civico 1845, says he’s never been busier.

“This is their lifeblood. They are either out on the parklet, on the sidewalk, or not open for business,” Cortes says.

Cortes says building parklets can cost a few hundred to a couple thousand, but he also says restaurants can earn $5,000 to $15,000 in revenue from them in a single day.