In May 2020, Mayor Pauly appointed a Recovery Task Force to support the City on various issues related to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the initiatives the Task Force recommended was to explore creative solutions that help restaurants and other food service based businesses meet physical distancing requirements.
A two-week streatery pilot was developed in a partnership with the Downtown Issaquah Association and City staff. By closing a portion of streets in Downtown Issaquah, we are able to provide downtown restaurants and cafes an additional area to setup tables and chairs and keep our community healthy. Upon completion of the pilot, staff analyzed the results and presented the findings to City Council on July 20.
Starting July 24, the Downtown Streatery is returning and will run weekends until Nov. 1 – or when businesses are allowed to re-open at full capacity – whichever comes first.
What is a Streatery?
A streatery allows restaurants or cafés to use portions of an adjacent street during operating hours, functioning as additional outdoor seating. Restaurants and cafés will be able to extend their service area on the sidewalk, in the parking lane, and in special cases when a road is closed, like this pilot, onto the vehicle travel lane.
Where is the Downtown Streatery?
The streatery is open from 2 p.m. Fridays to 10 p.m. Sundays. During these times, Front Street (from Dogwood to Sunset) and Alder (from First Place Northwest to First Avenue Northeast) will be closed to vehicular traffic, and drivers should take alternate routes.