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The owner of Panache restaurant on Windsor's Pitt Street says he'll pay all the costs to expand the patio into the city owned parking spot. (Google)

Several Windsor restaurants want to expand their patios onto city owned parking spots and officials might give the go-ahead as long as they foot the bill.

City council will review an application by downtown restaurants Panache Ultra Lounge, La Guardia Restaurant and Tequila Bob's next week.

"Council has for years said, 'We want to encourage patios in the right locations,' and we only charge a dollar for leasing the right away from those," said city engineer Mario Sonego. "So I believe it's consistent with that and with that concept."

If approved, the city would lose three metered parking spots on Pitt Street. The spots generate about $2,500 a year in revenue.

"That what's the trade-off...to create you know, this extra room for this cafe, but they're taking the responsibility of doing the work in the right of way which is, kind of the bargain," said Sonego.

The owners are willing to pay for all costs involved in the expansion.