San Jose companies are demanding permanent road closures for outdoor dining

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) – Businesses suggest alfresco dining. Part of San Pedro Square in downtown San Jose has been closed for outdoor dining since the beginning of the pandemic.

Restaurant and shop owners are hoping that this entire street will be closed to make up for last year’s lost revenue.

“This road closure was a lifesaver for me and many of these other companies,” said Randy Musterer.

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Randy Musterer owns Sushi Confidential in San Pedro Square – He and other business owners met with the San Jose City Council for al fresco dining.

“As you know, there aren’t many companies, so we really only rely on a lot of residential buildings here,” said Musterer.

Brandon Miranda is a server at 71 Saint Peter Street and welcomes the idea.

“We’re definitely for it and we feel like we’re just giving our voice to the idea of ​​showing how cool and beautiful we can make this whole place look,” said Miranda.

The street was closed for al fresco dining at the beginning of the pandemic and worked.

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“I can tell you, since this first opened, it has definitely helped add to the excitement of the whole street,” Miranda said.

San Pedro Square businesses are proposing to close San Pedro Street between Santa Clara Street and W. Saint John Street. The only access to the parking garage is on Market Street.

“I think they should keep this closed forever,” said Rick Medefesser.

Diners feel for the struggling business.

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“You have to do it for a while for these restaurants because when things get more normal that twice as many people can have to make things right, the street is not used when you walk around,” Medefesser said.

Meanwhile, the San Jose City Department of Transportation is reviewing the proposal, saying in part:

“There are many factors to consider, such as: B. whether full-time or temporary closure is best, how to maintain access to the parking garage, what impact this can have on traffic in the area, and how best to support community events. “

Still in the early stages and a number of different agencies to contribute to this proposal. Eating outdoors will persist for the foreseeable future.

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