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Restaurants Dish Out Big Bucks for Parklets

By Mariel Concepcion

San Diego restaurants with little to no outdoor dining options aren’t letting COVID-19 restrictions get in the way of generating business.

A handful of operators throughout the county have opted to build out expansive — and, in some cases, expensive — parklets to make up for a lack of al fresco eating space.

Usually installed in the parking lanes of city streets and averaging roughly $40,000 to construct, parklets give food and beverage operators more outside seating room.

Marco Polo Cortes, owner of MP Permits Inc., said San Diego City Hall has been very accommodating about the build outs. Cortes has helped a lot of the local restaurants get their permits for parklets.

“It is typically hard to get policy makers to support these types of initiatives, but they’ve been more efficient and flexible,” he said. “The city came up with a process, a four-page document they can process in 24-48 hours, which would normally take anywhere between three to six months.”

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