Trio's parklet from last summer. Trio has already set up their parklet for the summer of 2021. Photo: David Stubbs // Town of Jackson

JACKSON, Wyo. — In the post-pandemic world, outdoor dining options may become a mainstay in Jackson Hole.

In March the Jackson Town Council approved dining parklets and the flex space created in the downtown area of Jackson, for the second summer in a  row.

Parklets utilize both public and private land to expand outdoor seating and restaurant capacity. Parklets will begin to be erected in the coming weeks, with some businesses already utilizing their parklets.

Gather’s dining parklet will use a portion of the sidewalk again this summer. Photo: David Stubbs // Town of Jackson

The Town is requiring businesses to take down the parklets on October 31 at the latest, aligning with the ban of overnight on-street parking for snow removal purposes.

The Town has received 18 dining parklet applications to date, with 10 applications already approved.

The restaurants that have been approved already include Bin 22, Roadhouse on Gregory Lane, Roadhouse Eatery and Pub, Jackson Drug, Gather, Café Genevieve, The Kitchen, Gun Barrel, Trio and Picnic.

Applicants pending approval include Cultivate Café, Persephone, Teton Tiger and Snake River Brewery.

The Town still needs to review the applications for Bapp, Thai Me Up, and Pearl St. Bagels.

Thai Me Up used a portion of the public right of way for their parklet, extending the dining area into the street with concrete barricades. Photo: David Stubbs // Town of Jackson

Carl Pelletier, Town of Jackson Public Information Officer and Special Events Coordinator explained that the town will be accepting parklet applications on a rolling basis and there is no capacity on the amount of parklet permits the town will be issuing.

“We are considering any applicant who is trying to mitigate for COVID-19,” said Pelletier.

Applicants must also be in good standing with the Health Department and the Fire Department.

The Cloudveil Hotel is the only application to date that has been denied. Pelletier explained that the applicant asked to extend the lobby. Because it is a new hotel there is no evidence that they have outgrown the lobby or that the parklet would mitigate COVID-19 concerns.

Capacity fees will be waived again this summer because the Council agreed that although the square footage increased, capacity levels probably decreased at most restaurants due to social distancing measures.

The flex space seating on the east side of Town Square within the parallel parking area on Center Street will be available for general use by the public again this summer.

Pelletier said that the Town was focused on “beefing up bike parking downtown” as well.

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.