New street-side dining and outdoor retail coming to downtown Encinitas

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A new fresh air restaurant seating and retail display space is located on South Coast Highway 101.

The Encinitas City Council has authorized converting one traffic lane in each direction to restaurant seating and retail display space to allow restaurants and stores to provide safe dining and shopping experiences for their patrons as they comply with COVID-19 requirements, according to a city news release. The city’s new Downtown Shared Streets Program will initially be located between D and E streets and may possibly be expanded to additional blocks in the future. The city worked closely with the Encinitas 101 Mainstreet Association to develop a plan to reduce traffic to one lane in each direction, and to create an expanded seven-foot outdoor dining and retail space on each side of the street.

New wheel stops will be placed in each parking space to create the new dining and retail area. Barricades and large boxed trees will be placed at intervals to further delineate the dining and retail area and help create a sense of place. Installation of the temporary improvements will be completed between June 29 and July 3 and is planned to remain in place until physical distancing is no longer necessary.

The project is partially funded by a grant from SANDAG. — City of Encinitas news release