Vancouver restaurant patios will stay open longer if mayor gets his way

MAYOR GREGOR ROBERTSON has indicated that he will push to extend patio hours beyond 11 p.m. in Vancouver.


The mayor's office is preparing a motion that will be introduced at the next council meeting on Tuesday (July 9).

It will refer to what the mayor calls "appropriate areas", which suggests hours won't be extended at all 577 patios across the city.

Robertson made the announcement earlier today at the launch ofVIVA Vancouver's 2013 program.

“We need to look at those opportunities to use sidewalk or even street space that the city can offer to restaurants to expand the number of patio seats for our residents and visitors to enjoy," Robertson said in a statement on his website. "Whether it’s in Gastown or on Granville or in areas like Main Street, it’s important that the city works with local businesses and neighbourhoods to open up public space for public enjoyment, including for restaurants and cafes.”

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