Owners of Hewn, the bakery at 810 Dempster St., are seeking Evanston City Council approval to bring back the parklet they debuted last summer for a new, four-year run.
The temporary park occupies two parking spaces in front of the shop and was paid for largely by a Kickstarter campaign the bakery ran last year that drew more than 150 donors.
Johanna Nyden of the city’s economic development staff said the lost city revenue from the two metered parking spaces amounts to about $800 for the planned April to November parklet season, and the staff is recommending a transfer of that amount from the city’s economic development fund to the parking fund to cover that cost.
Hewn owner Julie Matthei said the bakery has paid for the cost of storing the park structure over the winter and also carries liability insurance for it.
The parklet, unlike the sidewalk cafes seen across Evanston, is not limited to Hewn customers and can be used by anyone in the neighborhood. While parklet users might eat a pastry they bought at the bakery while sitting at the parklet, there’s no table service from the bakery to the parklet.
Parklet architect Julie Petrick with Hewn co-owners Julie Matthei and Ellen King and builder Scott Simpson at the parklet dedication ceremony last summer.
The parklet concept reportedly began a decade ago in San Francisco and then spread to Portland, Ore. The first one in this area opened in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood in 2013.
The Transportation and Parking Committee voted Wednesday night to recommend City Council approval of the four-year extension of the parklet’s run.