To help out restaurants on Martin Street, the city installed bollards curbside to allow for patio seating on the sidewalks of the 100 to 300 block of Martin Street. The Pastra Factory now has patio seating. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Penticton’s patio push is on, with Pasta Factory joining the party

City of Penticton is getting creative to help local restaurants

  • Apr. 21, 2021 12:00 a.m.

If you’ve been craving pasta on the patio, Penticton’s longest-standing noodle house can now help out with that.

Pasta Factory, which has been open for more than two decades, was helped by the city to create patio space in front of its restaurant.

“Just in time for patio weather, we have managed to create a patio,” said Debra (Red) Williams, co-owner of the Pasta Factory.

Pasta Factory in the 200 block of Martin Street, didn’t have a patio when the provincial government shut down indoor dining on March 29, leaving them to rely on take-out and delivery.

“Luckily, we have a pretty loyal customer base and have established a good relationship with Skip the Dishes that has kept us going,” said Williams.

But then the city of Penticton offered to set up bollards along the curbside of the sidewalk in front of the restaurant to allow for a patio.

“I managed to find the last of the picnic tables left for sale in the Okanagan. I’m still building two more for the patio but we are pretty set up now,” she said.

“In my opinion, the city has been nothing but helpful and supportive in helping all of us during this difficult time,” she said. “They want to see businesses succeed.”

Carly Lewis, the city of Penticton’s economic development manager explained that processing and expediting patio permit applications are a top priority for the licensing team.

“The city is currently working with several local businesses on establishing new patios, reopening patios from last year, and expanding existing patios. Council has waived all permit fees for patio applications in an effort to support businesses who wish to utilize patio space, and we are working closely with the Liquor Branch on necessary amendments to liquor licensing for patio space,” she added.

“We are also working to support our local food and beverage businesses with a variety of initiatives, including our Picnic Penticton program (launched last week) and exploring temporary road closures to expand pedestrian space and sidewalk use,” said Lewis.

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Slackwater Brewing is also benefiting from the extended patio space on the east parking lane of the 200 block of Martin Street. It is adding a couple more tables to the street-level patio and appreciate the city’s support.

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Williams said she’s looking forward to hosting people on the patio.

Although adult beverages aren’t available on the patio yet, she promises a super impressive spirit-free cocktail list in the meantime. She’s also rebranding the Pasta Factory to be a steak and pasta restaurant.

Pasta Factory, like Theo’s and La Casa, have been a staple in Penticton, having become a favourite eatery among locals and visitors for decades.

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