LOUISVILLE – This week marks the return of what since 2002 has become a tradition on summer Friday evenings in southeastern Boulder County: the Louisville Downtown Street Faire, featuring vendors, family activities and live music under the massive open-air roof of the Steinbaugh Pavilion.

The performers generally play their last number around 9 p.m., however, so a local business has taken steps to extend the opportunity to hear al fresco music on summer nights.

Owners of the Bittersweet Cafe and Por wine bar, 836 Main St., have completed a remodeling project to build a flagstone stage and patio between the two businesses for an intimate outdoor music venue they hope can draw crowds from the Street Faire and pavilion.

 “We’ve worked particularly hard on our bookings for the Street Faire Friday nights,” said Bittersweet owner Patrick Walsh, who also is a co-owner in the wine bar. “We want to make sure that people can continue to enjoy these summer evenings past the 9 p.m. conclusion of the Street Faire.”

Walsh and Todd Stevenson, also a part owner of the wine bar, remodeled both the building that is now the wine bar and the patio itself.

“We wanted the stage and immediate patio area to reflect what we also worked hard to present in the wine bar – an intimate and comfortable ambiance that is open to our incredible Colorado summer evenings,” Walsh said in a press statement.

Music at the Bittersweet patio will run from 9 to 11:30 p.m. on Street Faire Friday nights. The venue also will host concerts from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays and 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturdays, plus occasional Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon presentations.