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Trigo Cafe Launches Sidewalk Cafe

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Trigo San Francisco Style Deli is nestled right in the heart of downtown where sidewalks in the downtown aren't just for walking anymore, but for eating.

"It's been great we have a great turnout from it," said owner Gilbert Hamati. "The weather has been kind of so-so making the first week kind of tough, but this week has been great."

The 12 x 24 foot deck seats around 16 to 20 people and it didn't take long to get it up and running.

"One day," said Hamati. "Just one day."

"I really love this restaurant," said Shannon Lawton, who frequents the downtown deli.  

With hot soup and warm weather, the regulars are already warming up to the idea.

"Personally I'm an outdoor person," said Jade Bieniak. "I always enjoy any opportunity to eat outside and I think the plants help make it nicer."

"This is the first time I've seen it," said patron Ron White. "I usually sit outside in those tiny little tables and now I get to sit out here at bigger tables with more people."

Its the first type of outdoor seating of it's kind in Downtown Panama City. The Community Redevelopment Agency is hoping to create a friendlier atmosphere downtown. One that will draw people to the area for lunch and more.

It's an experience that's working according to patrons.

"I think that's something that we need to see more of," said Lawton. "It makes it more social. There's more interaction with people and it's nice to be able to sit outside."

The pilot program will run it's course for one year under Trigo's charge and at the end an evaluation will take place.

"After one year they are going to revisit it and see how it went," said Hamati. "But, it seems like its going great so far."

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