On Deck: Park City's Outdoor Dining Revolution
Outdoor dining decks have brought a breath of fresh air to Park City’s historic Main Street. What began as a few tables on the sidewalk five years ago has evolved into an alfresco smorgasbord spanning the length of the street. This summer, diners may choose from no fewer than nine open-air restaurants.
Park City restaurateur Steve McComb, who owns Cisero’s and Bistro 412, is credited with championing the idea, which wasn’t as simple to execute as it may at first seem. While outdoor tables were great, they were difficult to keep level and steady on Main Street’s trademark sloping sidewalks. McComb garnered support from a few other restaurant owners, met with city officials, and pitched the idea of elevated wooden platforms, or decks, which extend about the width of a parked car onto the street. The outdoor alternatives have been a big hit.
“Dining decks have been a welcome addition and really popular with tourists and visitors,” says Alison Butz, executive director of the Historic Park City Alliance. “Summer in Park City is fantastic, and any opportunity people have to eat outside is great. To be on Main Street and see what’s happening while having a wonderful dining experience is a ‘win-win’ for everybody.”
Outdoor deck dining on Main Street is currently offered by Bandits’ (440 Main), Bangkok Thai (605 Main), Bistro 412 (412 Main), Cisero’s (306 Main), Eating Establishment (317 Main), Flanagan’s (438 Main), Main Street Pizza and Noodle (530 Main), Shabu (442 Main), and 501 On Main (501 Main). City code allows for up to 12 outdoor decks on Main Street, though, so summer diners may see more in coming years—but don’t wait to tuck into great eats on the street.