(Originally posted on August 17, 2020)

Tomorrow, the East Wenatchee City Council will discuss whether to allow businesses on Valley Mall Parkway to extend to the street for additional outdoor seating, according their council meeting agenda package. The strip between the Wenatchee Valley Mall and 9th St NE would have the ability to convert on-street parking into a streatery, a small strip of street area blocked off for private business use, to comply with "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" regulations. Businesses would be limited to three parking spaces.

Currently, sidewalk business is not permitted at Valley Mall Parkway because the area does not meet ADA requirements for pedestrian access. The pilot permit would be in effect for six months. One business along the strip is interested in extending to streatery-style seating. 

In late July, Gov. Jay Inslee announced tighter restrictions for indoor and outdoor eating, including: 

  • Limiting indoor dining at restaurants to members of the same household. People meeting from different households can still dine outdoors.
  • No indoor service at any bar, brewery, tavern, winery or distillery, regardless of whether food is being served.
  • Restaurants must also close down game areas, such as for video games, pool tables and darts, until their county has reached the fourth phase.

What are your thoughts on the streatery option? Find the full agenda here: https://www.eastwenatcheewa.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=14980

Correction: An earlier version of this post stated that the East Wenatchee City Council was considering shutting down Valley Mall Parkway from the Wenatchee Valley Mall to 9th St NE. The road will not be shut down to traffic. The council is deciding a pilot program that would allow businesses to extend service to on-street parking for streatery-style seating, no more than three parking spaces per business. Only one business in the strip has shown interest.