Outdoor Mall seating to be corralled?
On Tuesday the Board of Architectural Review discussed the proposed Downtown Mall renovation and touched on an issue that could be of interest to foodies and restaurant owners. The MMM Design Group, the company contracted by the City to spearhead the proposed $7.5 million project scheduled to begin at the end of the year, wants to install permanent borders for outdoor cafe and restaurant seating. They suggested that current borders are too "loosely" defined, and proposed installing "inserts" that would accommodate removable bollards directly on the Mall's surface. They also suggested that three or four bollard designs could be ordered so that restaurants owners could have a choice.
Of course, that raised a bunch of questions the BAR was neither prepared nor empowered to answer. How do you decide how much space a restaurant gets? Who would own and maintain the bollards? In addition, one BAR member reminded those present that Lawrence Halprin, who originally designed the Mall– and whose original design MMM has promised to remain faithful to–was essentially an "old hippie" whose intent was to "preserve the spontaneity of the Mall."
New bar... nine stories up!
Oh, the BAR also approved some sort of "screen" for the penthouse to be built atop the 9-story Landmark Hotel, currently under construction on the Mall, and it was revealed that the penthouse will include a rooftop bar with views of the mountains. Now that's a B-A-R review we can get excited about!