The Aurora Streatery in downtown Ithaca opens on Thursday

The Aurora Streatery, an alfresco dining area on N. Aurora Street in downtown Ithaca, begins Thursday. The 100 block of Aurora Street will be closed to vehicle traffic while the streatery is available. (Photo credit: Downtown Ithaca Alliance)

ITHACA, NY – The Aurora Streatery – the outdoor dining area on North Aurora Street in downtown Ithaca – will return this Thursday.

At Aurora Streatery, restaurants on the 100 block of N. Aurora Street (known locally as Restaurant Row) can expand their outdoor dining areas to the edge of the street’s sidewalk.

Restaurants participating in the Aurora Streatery include Luna Inspired Street Food, Red’s Place, Mahogany Grill, and Simeon’s American Bistro.

The Aurora Streatery is expected to be available through mid-fall, weather permitting, according to the Downtown Ithaca Alliance.

Aurora Street is completely closed to vehicle traffic while the streatery is available. The road closure enables pedestrians to “safely use the road as a sidewalk”. Detour signs will be placed in the area to make it easier for drivers to navigate the site.

“We look forward to hosting the Aurora Streatery again,” said Gary Ferguson, executive director of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance. “Closing Restaurant Row to expand al fresco dining in the warmer months will benefit 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. “

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