Al Fresco Dining
The first seasonal parklet patio in downtown Ladysmith has been built in front of Zack’s Lounge on 1st Avenue.
“It’s great that Ladysmith followed suit with the other towns. Nanaimo and Victoria put them out right away to help keep the businesses going” says Cole Battie, manager of Zack’s Lounge.
“With us as such a small restaurant, it’s been pretty tough with seating, since we can only have 12 people in here,” he says, noting this measure will help.
The patio occupies three parking spaces directly in front of Zack’s Lounge and Appetit Food for Thought. Customers from both restaurants will be able to use the patio; Appetit customers in the morning, and Zack’s customers in the afternoon.
Martin Tang, owner of Appetit Food For Thought, hopes the additional seating space will make customers more comfortable dining downtown.
Building owners Justin and Andrea Guellette paid for the costs of developing the patio, including engineered drawings from Harold Engineering, as well as the costs of materials and construction. Kindly, as part of their efforts to help businesses recover from COVID-19, the Town of Ladysmith waived application fees for parklets and patios.
While the Town waits on the delivery of patio tables ordered previously, picnic tables have been placed in the vicinity of the Wigwam Restaurant and Islander Hotel.
- Cole Schisler