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Expanded outdoor dining support hospitality industry in Hobart’s Midtown

Expanded outdoor dining support hospitality industry in Hobart’s Midtown
February 17, 2021

The City of Hobart is delivering the Midtown Expanded Outdoor Dining Trial to support Hobart’s hospitality sector and to learn how providing more outdoor dining space can contribute to city life.

The City has engaged Midtown businesses and other stakeholders over the past two years to develop the Midtown Streetscape Concept Design. This plan was endorsed by Council in December 2020 and the Ready for Business trial aligns well with the community’s future vision for the street to be people oriented, greener, more vibrant and accessible.

The program anticipated to be trialled for 12 months, with Council engaging with businesses and visitors during this time.

The program will provide temporary expanded outdoor dining and street seating space, greening and bicycle racks in Elizabeth Street between Melville Street and Brisbane Street - for a 12-month trial period.

Two ‘no-dig’ footpath extensions will be installed, with built-in seating, planter boxes and bike racks. Line marking on the road, including a section of uphill bicycle lane will also be installed as part of the trial.

The trial will provide an opportunity to test and refine the concept on the ground with a low-cost, reversible solution before implementing a more significant streetscape upgrade.

The outdoor dining platforms have been co-designed with local hospitality businesses who are participating in the program.

Work is expected to start this week and will be completed in stages over approximately two weeks to minimise disruption to traffic.

Each site has a ‘host’ business which will have a permit to occupy the space for trading, during their operating hours. Host businesses are Island Espresso, The Stagg, Grinners Dive Bar and Rude Boy. Outside of the hosts’ operating hours, the new areas and seating are part of the streetscape and will be open and available for all to enjoy.

The initiative is supported by the Tasmanian Government through the Ready for Business Program.

Image courtesy hobartcity.com.au/

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