Patio 16, an Open-air Dining Area, Opens on the 16th Street Mall Tomorrow

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Chris Utterback
Food vendors and the Downtown Business Improvement District are joining forces to create a new dining experience on the 16th Street Mall: Patio 16. Tomorrow the median between California and Stout streets will be transformed into Patio 16, a spot where diners can try out 16th Street's crew of food carts. Wikipita, Gigi's Cupcakes, Totally Tots, Sons of Scullery, Denver Brats & Dogs and Pretzel Street will all be serving on the patio. Think of them as the Justice League, and Patio 16 as the Hall of Justice.

See also: Reader: The homeless on the 16th Street Mall are a menace and keep me away

"It's part of the 'core block strategy' to address three-and-a-half blocks of the mall that need some positive activation," says Jenny Starkey, media relations manager at the Downtown Denver Partnership. The median where Patio 16 is taking up residence has already been a culinary corner for some time, one of the blocks with the biggest number and variety of food offerings. Now Patio 16 will make the block's culinary cred official with a designated space to sit, eat and relax, filled with rows of tables and chairs, and fenced off as a patio where the carts can crowd around.

The patio will also make the vendors available beyond their normal hours. "These vendors are really committed to the program, and they're willing to operate for expended periods of time," Starkey says. "This is a pilot project, to see what happens when we keep commerce on the mall throughout the early evenings and into the night." Patio 16 will also be made available as a place where downtown eateries can seat their patrons, making it sort of a community table for a cross-section of downtown restaurants.

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Chris Utterback
The patio officially opens tomorrow at 11 a.m., when there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by live music and entertainment with samples from the six vendors. Through the fall pilot season, Patio 16 will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and noon to 9 p.m. Saturday.




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16th Street Mall

1001 16th St., Denver, CO

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24 comments
Skye Cameron
Skye Cameron

Jay Cismaru, educate yourself...a large part of them are Vets who served this country. Instead of pissing and moaning about them buy them a meal and sit and have a conversation. Every one of those people are as valuable as you and me and everyone else on this thread. Frickin haters.

Jay Cismaru
Jay Cismaru

Skye Cameron tim is not a monster he is a realist those people are trash they choose not to work that choose drugs and alcohol it's called a character flaw definitely not a disease

Chris Davis
Chris Davis

Oh cool, how innovative. Not at all like what the Paramount and Rock Bottom and whoever else did for like decades, right? Hey, Westword, are you from Denver? You seem kinda Californian...

Molly Breen
Molly Breen

Sat there yesterday. Mainly business folks and a few teenagers. Hopefully it stays nice.

Kelly Sotelo
Kelly Sotelo

As long as they spray for bums weekly it should be awesome!

Jaci Davis
Jaci Davis

Ooooo and I cant wait to pay a business just so I can pee. .. because a cup of water AND being able to pee SHOULD be free in America....

Jaci Davis
Jaci Davis

Mmmmm... urine scent is sooo in this season... plus I loooove people begging me for stuff while I pay tooo much for food while my cars getting a boot from parking cops..... cant wait

Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien

You too can dine with homeless people staring at you, smelling the stench or their urine wafting out from the alley...no thanks!

Daniel Shalik
Daniel Shalik

Trollers are out looks like. Patios are nice - good luck to the new business.

Joshua Pərəz
Joshua Pərəz

The hobos kids and street performers have always been there. When did you get here?

Skye Cameron
Skye Cameron

Tim Waters "out of work CREATURES"? May you never lose your job, fellow, because you're already one step up on being a monster.

Kedhrin Gonzalez
Kedhrin Gonzalez

So many hobos and street rats asking for money in 360 degrees, can't wait to spit on em!!!!!!!!!!!!

Natalie Davis
Natalie Davis

Outside my front door. Just another spot for people to trash.

Riley Nolan
Riley Nolan

I can watch hobo fights and eat food cart food from behind the safety of a 4ft tall fence... Yay?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

Nice new place for the homeless folks to hang out. How about less commercial crap down there and more actual reasons to hang out there? Culture? Art? Activities?

Tim Waters
Tim Waters

so many out of work creatures patrolling 16th street mall, i'd never take anyone to this place.

Tim Tindle
Tim Tindle

Isolate diners so junkies and hobos have a captive audience. Block up the places pedicabs need to get out of the busses way when the infinate construction closes down a lane. Make the area too small. Sounds great BID.

Dan Ruisi
Dan Ruisi

16th street mall is unbearable now with the stench of desperation exhibited by Denver's hustlers and pickpockets.

Christian Callow
Christian Callow

Bad timing since snow is a few weeks out.. But excited to have something new finally on the strip!

Brendan Flynn
Brendan Flynn

Another open air restaurant on the mall..whoopee.

Mane Rok
Mane Rok

...special kinds of hell are always a little fun....

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