Aurora Streatery is back on April 1st, a block on Aurora Street will be closed for the summer

ITHACA, NY – The popular Aurora Streatery, which debuted last June, is returning for at least a few months starting April 1, 2021. The outdoor dining scene will take its former location on the 100 block of N. Aurora Street, commonly referred to as Restaurant Row, and the street will be closed to traffic.

The streatery will be in operation until mid-autumn, except in the event of weather incidents. The Downtown Ithaca Alliance lists the following restaurants participating in the Streatery: Luna Inspired Street Food, Red’s Place, Mahogany Grill, and Simeon’s American Bistro.

Last year, as the pandemic continued to rage, the streatery was introduced to help restaurants expand their outdoor seating and hopefully mitigate some of the harmful effects of the economic shutdown. It was undoubtedly popular with those ready to be in public, although the streatery could become even more popular in 2021 as the fear of COVID-19 hopefully subsides.

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As last year, no traffic is allowed on this block of Aurora Street. Diversion signs will be put in place – traffic going north on North Aurora Street will be diverted to East State Street, Seneca Way, and East Seneca Street, while traffic on East State Street will be diverted west to East Seneca Street until this block is reopened.

“We look forward to hosting the Aurora Streatery again. Closing Restaurant Row to expand al fresco dining in the warmer months is benefiting our community in several ways. Guests can enjoy safe and socially distant dining experiences in a relaxed outdoor setting, and restaurants can safely accommodate more guests while maintaining the state’s COVID-19 guidelines, ”said Gary Ferguson, executive director of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance.

There are still similar restrictions as last year, e.g. B. Mask requirements (but not while sitting) and distances. According to New York State’s current COVID-19 guidelines, restaurants can use 75 percent of their capacity for indoor dining.

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