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The Market, a longtime restaurant and food store in Larimer Square in Denver, closed permanently in April.

The Denver city and county’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure gave restaurants and bars in the city a pick-me-up this month by disbursing funds to businesses that suffered losses from the cost of building outdoor COVID-19 seating.

A total of 135 businesses received a portion of the agency's $970,000 allotment of economic relief. Some business owners were allotted more than $41,000.

The need for outdoor dining became crucial for restaurants and bars to keep a flow of income.

But the cost of creating outdoor dining spaces can be pricy to buy heaters and other patio equipment.

That’s why Denver’s Department of Finance managed to arrange for additional Coronavirus Relief Funds to reimburse businesses for their patio expansion projects, even though restaurants and bars were initially only given $435,000 of CARES Act funds.

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure started mailing out reimbursement checks earlier this week.

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