C h a p t e r 9 P u t P eop l e F i r s t
9.1.2 Outdoor Dining at The Forks
The Forks is a prominent restaurant in downtown Wake Forest located at the corner of Brooks Street and Elm Avenue. However, with very few windows, it is difficult for anyone outside, whether in a car or on foot, to know how active the establishment is on the inside. Additionally, the side of the building that faces Elm Avenue is occupied by dense shrubs and a blank white wall — a perfect wall for a colorful mural done by a local artist. As one of the more prominent corners in downtown Wake Forest, outdoor seating would be ideal here. Initially, the seating can be arranged around the Elm Avenue side of the building by removing some shrubbery. A more robust outdoor dining area is also possible. The patio space can extend around to the front of the building to help reduce the visual impact of parking and create outdoor activity and vibrancy on the Elm Avenue streetscape.
S S Low-cost, temporary outdoor seating can be upgraded later after success is established
S S The Forks — existing
RECOMMENDATION 9A: Test outdoor dining at The Forks to add outdoor vibrancy and encourage pedestrian activity on Elm Avenue.
S S Create highly desirable outdoor seating by taking over a few parking spaces and removing shrubbery
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