Applications Now Open for Expanded Dining Spaces

Photo by Devon Balet – Courtesy of Downtown Grand Junction

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused economic difficulty for food and beverage service businesses in Grand Junction. As part of the State’s economic response, Public Health Orders were issued allowing restaurants and businesses to reopen at a limited capacity. Resulting, the City of Grand Junction and Downtown Grand Junction have partnered to offer a special opportunity to expand outdoor dining spaces.

A $47,000 Revitalizing Main Street grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation was awarded to the Downtown Grand Junction Business Improvement District. As part of this opportunity, downtown restaurants may have the option to expand their outdoor patios to nearby sidewalks, and even parking spaces, in order to increase their seating capacity. The City and Downtown Grand Junction have partnered to purchase base units, barrier fencing, and canopies that can be temporarily installed throughout downtown to create dining parklets. The City of Grand Junction has pledged $97,000 and Downtown Grand Junction has pledged $84,500, totaling $228,500 for the project.

Restaurants that are interested in extending their outdoor dining spaces must fill out this application and return it to Downtown Grand Junction. Applications will be approved on a rolling basis. Availability of parklet materials are not guaranteed, and are first-come, first-served. Once approved, Downtown will work with the applicant to develop a timeframe for implementation. Approved restaurants will then be responsible for furnishing and maintaining the space.

Contact: Greg LeBlanc, Sr. Assistant to the City Manager 970-244-1557 or

Brandon Stam, Downtown Grand Junction Director 970-255-4924 or

Dave Goe, Community Engagement Manager 970-255-4921 or

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