State Street promenade hits one-year mark bolstering local business

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Last May, the City of Santa Barbara sealed off eight blocks on State Street to stretch out space for small businesses dealing with difficulties brought on by the pandemic.

One year later, the State Street promenade is filled with foot traffic.

Santa Barbara Mayor Cathy Murillo says it has provided a much-needed spark downtown.

“The promenade has created excitement and foot traffic,” she said. “It has resulted in a boost to these businesses.”

At Chase Restaurant, the street’s closure to cars has provided a big benefit.

“Who knew if you opened up outside in one of the most beautiful places in the country weather-wise,” general manager Warren Butler reflected. “Here we are, people are just loving it and taking advantage of it.”

With Memorial Day on the way, this weekend is expected to be even busier than last year.

“Based on last year when we opened up on Memorial Day, it was a…

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