TULSA, okla. – The City of Tulsa will discuss extending the waiver of application fees for sidewalk cafes, table and chair permits, and parklet in the right of way permits for applications or renewals received between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022.
Que Gusto, a restaurant on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and E. Archer Street, is one of several companies in downtown Tulsa that have integrated the parklets in recent months to support their business during the pandemic.
Bernarda Serrano, a Que Gusto employee, said the outdoor seating was crucial because of its small footprint. She said as the temperatures got warmer, more people used these areas to enjoy downtown and support more local businesses. Serrano said, “I think we should keep them – they’ve gotten really handy … businesses need the space and they’re nice – it’s like sitting outside, which is really hard to find downtown.”
Serrano said her seat only allows a capacity of 23. She said the outdoors can help double the number of people they can serve. Serrano said if approved, the company plans to do more with the outdoors and add a roof, heaters and flowers. She said the roof is ideal for people looking for some shade in Tulsa’s warmer months.
The company’s employees said it wasn’t just the warm weather, but more and more people are getting off the more people are vaccinated. When things return to normal, Serrano hopes they can continue to keep the parklets and offer more permanent outdoor seating in downtown Tulsa.