BOISE, Idaho — The City of Boise announced that 8th Street between Main and Bannock will close to vehicle traffic on August 31. The closure is to allow for more outdoor dining as part of the Boise on the Block initiative.
Starting Monday, August 31, 8th Street – between Main Street and Bannock Street – will be closed to vehicle traffic, to allow for additional outdoor seating at restaurants. This update is part of the Boise on the Block initiative: https://t.co/yaVRDjeQV5 pic.twitter.com/uaggGVdJup— City of Boise (@CityOfBoise) August 27, 2020
This stretch of 8th Street has several restaurants, including Prost German Pub, Fork and Bittercreek Alehouse. The Boise City Council approved Boise on the Block back in May. The goal of the initiative is to allow restaurants to be safely open and have the health of residents and employees protected by allowing for social distancing.
Businesses interested in expanding their outdoor eating options have four concepts to consider:
- Longitudinal Expansion: expand patio seating laterally along a building.
- Parklet Expansion: expand patio seating in parking spaces.
- Sidewalk Expansion: Same model as 8th Street, where existing patio seating is extended to the sidewalk
- Partial Street Closure: Close a street fully to allow for patios to expand and reroute sidewalks and bike lanes.
Click here for more information on any of those options. The delivery zone currently along 8th Street will be moved to Idaho Street between Capitol and 9th from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.