STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA)— People in Starkville will soon be able to grab a bite to eat while dining in a parking space.
The Starkville Board of Aldermen approved at Tuesday’s meeting the concept of a downtown streatery on Main Street.
Mayor Lynn Spruill said she hopes city leaders will finalize plans for nine designated parking spaces to be filled with restaurant patrons.
She said the streatery will allow restaurant owners to expand their seating on Main Street.
The streatery will have tables, chairs and umbrellas set on parking spaces like an outside patio, said Spruill.
Restaurant owners in Starkville said while operating their inside dining at 50% occupancy, customers are still hesitant to eat inside during the coronavirus pandemic.
Restaurant owners like Kiel Herbert of Moe’s Original Barbecue said he can tell his customers are reluctant to eat inside.
The steady curbside pickup orders were a sign for him, but he's excited to furnish the streatery parking spaces.