Workers are building outdoor seating areas in street parking spaces in front of six restaurants on Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park.
Workers are installing raised concrete seating platforms, ADA-compliant access ramps and rails, and concrete planter boxes in front of these restaurants: LB Steak, Galata Bistro, Angelo Mio, Mademoiselle Colette, Bistro Vida and Left Bank.
A similar area is being created in front of Harvest, a home furnishing store, and is expected to be used for outdoor furniture displays.
Work is expected to be completed in mid-January, according to Jim Cogan, the city's economic development manager.
A total of 10 parking spots will be lost.
Another project, accounting for a bumpy ride on Santa Cruz Avenue west of downtown, is a water main replacement beneath the road. Pavement restoration began Dec. 12, and after a holiday break, work will resume the first week in January, weather permitting.