Covid 19

Making Space for Restaurant and Retail Recovery

Getting Back to Business & Reconnecting Burlington

To continue Burlington's effort to help the community recover during the pandemic, Mayor Weinberger asked the Resource & Recovery Center, Public Works and the Church Street Marketplace to lead a multi-department initiative to develop expedited, low-cost strategies for businesses and residents to enjoy getting outside this summer. The Making Space initiative will allow businesses to comfortably expand into the right-of-way, and Burlingtonians to safely enjoy their summer outside.

Public health, public safety, economic recovery and helping Burlingtonians stay connected have guided this work.

For retaurant and retail employees, we're also offering free parking at Lakeview and College St garages until at least July 31. Please visit for more info.

The Making Space Initiative Has 3 Parts:

Building on DPW's successful Street Seat pilot last season, DPW and Church Street Marketplace will be working with the business community on an expedited, low-cost way to expand dining options and retail onto the greenbelt. See the guide below for more information on the program, design standards and the encumbrance application. We also have a limited selection of planters available that we can make available free of charge.
With pick-up options increasingly popular during this period of social distancing, we want to give businesses and residents the space they need. We will be working with the business community to determine where temporary, short term parking can be placed to allow safe, efficient pick-up of Burlington's excellent cuisine and retail. If you are a business looking to have short term parking added nearby, please email DPW Engineer Phillip Peterson
To allow even more outdoor dining and shopping, select streets will be open to residents and businesses and closed to cars. Learn more at

List of Participating Businesses (as of 6/27/20)




El Cortijo 

189 Bank St 

Street Seat 

Single Pebble 

133 Bank 

Greenbelt Seat 

American Flatbread 115 St. Paul Greenbelt Set

Kens Pizza 

170 Bank 

Street Seat 

Dobra Tea 

80 Church St 

Street Seat 

The Gryphon 

131 Main Street 

Street Seat 

Bistro De Margot 

126 College St 

Street Seat 

Pizza Verita 156 St. Paul Street Seat w/ Tent
Manhattan 167 Main Sidewalk Seat
The Archives 191 College Street Seat
Deli 126 126 College Sidewalk Seat
Ceres 190 College Tent 
Ski Rack 85 Main Tent

Simon and Pearce 

157 Bank 

Grab & Go Pickup Space 


139 North Champlain 

Grab & Go Pickup Space 


197 College Street 

Grab & Go Pickup Space 

Honey Road 

Church & Main 

Grab & Go Pickup Space 

A Single Pebble 

139 Bank Street 

Grab & Go Pickup Space 

Info & Design Guidelines

Street Seats & Expanded Sidewalk Guide



Program Contact:

Nicole Losch, Senior Transportation Planner,, 802-863-9094

Kara Alnasrawi, Resource & Recovery Center,

Encumbrance Application Contact::

Caleb Manna, DPW Excavation Inspector,

Parking Contact:

Phillip Peterson, DPW Engineer,

Media Contact::

Robert Goulding, DPW Public Information Manager,, 802-881-2278