TUCSON, Ariz. — What was once before dirt with only a few benches at Borderlands Brewing Company, has now turned into a large outdoor patio space thanks to a grant from Downtown Tucson Partnership.
After being shut down for five months at the start of the pandemic, co-owner and CEO Es Teran says, Borderlands decided to upgrade the patio space they had.
“When the grant came in, we utilized that money to buy the chairs and the tables that we needed to make sure that we are following social distancing. We also did bring a stage. Our idea was to move it outside as well anyway, once we realized that coronavirus was going to be here a little longer than we thought,” said Teran.
And Teran says the new patio area has been welcomed by customers who can be comfortably seated and socially distanced while enjoying a beer.
“So far, we’ve gotten good reaction. Customers do come In on the weekends. They stay here longer, they love being outside. The weather right now is perfect. It does get a little chilly at night, so we’re working on some heaters and things like that,” said Teran.
Downtown Tucson Partnership has worked with several downtown businesses to help upgrade, expand or create outdoor dining spaces. Teran says he’s thankful for the opportunity the program has given them.
“They’re able to streamline the process a little bit better for businesses and making sure that they’re hiring firms to help with the process as well. And they’re staying complaint with it. So we’re very happy with the work they’ve done,” said Teran.
Borderlands Brewing Company is located at 119 E Toole Avenue.