THE All Seasons Hotel wants to spend $150,000 preparing for summer dining in a world grappling with COVID-19.
It has outlined its hopes in a planning application lodged with the City of Greater Bendigo.
The hotel wants to add extra space near the front entrance of Strathdale's McIvor Highway complex.
It needs council planners' permission to "slightly" extend an awning over an existing pedestrian walkway.
That would allow it enough space to knock down a wall and expand its outdoor seating.
Renovations would include a new outdoor bar, decking, weather protection and a garden.
The hotel wants to remove five car parks to help make space, though it has noted it would be left with about 450 more, including 10 spaces currently considered surplus to its needs.
The All Seasons has told council planners it will not need to make changes to its liquor licence because the dining areas would be within a state-regulated "red line" area separating areas where people can and cannot drink alcohol.
It believes its proposal would not adversely affect the neighbourhood's amenity or character.
It is among businesses preparing for a summer of outdoor dining in the face of the pandemic.
The council has been asking eateries to get in touch if they need help and has gone as far as shutting parts of Bull Street to traffic to make space for more outdoor dining.
Many councils and governments in the northern hemisphere closed streets over their summer to minimise the risk of COVID-19's spread.
The Victorian government last month announced grants to help businesses prepare for the southern hemisphere's summer to keep the hard-hit hospitality sector afloat.
The industry has been among the most affected by the pandemic, with dine-in options restricted or curtailed for large periods so far in 2020.
The council's planning department is currently considering the All Seasons' application.
The hotel has been contacted for comment.
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