The City of Bellevue recently announced it is extending additional support to restaurants located on and near Main Street in Old Bellevue as part of its Main Street patio dining program.

Businesses can apply to increase outdoor dining on sidewalks and select on-street parking spaces. On-street patio extensions are expected to last through early September, but sidewalk patios can remain open year-round.

“Old Bellevue is such a unique and beloved part of our city,” Mayor Lynne Robinson said in a press release. “This program will help more residents and downtown employees continue to enjoy local restaurants and retailers while maintaining public health, and it will help businesses adapt by increasing dining capacity during the crucial summer months. This kind of program has been successful in other cities and we think residents will be excited to experience it in Bellevue.”

This new effort builds on Bellevue’s previous work to support small businesses and nonprofits through COVID-19.

Mac Cummins, the Bellevue’s Community Development Director, encourages business owners and nonprofit leaders in need of support to reach out for direct assistance.

“Whether they run a restaurant in Old Bellevue or a hair salon in Lake Hills, we’re here to help,” he said in the press release.