A ‘Lovely Day’ for Open Restaurant Streets on Elizabeth and Spring Streets

Posted on: August 19th, 2020 at 5:06 am by

Photo: Eddie Panta

It’s a lovely day for open streets in Little Italy.

With a street-closure permit obtained from the Department of Transportation, Elizabeth Street restaurants Lovely Day, Gohan-Ya, and Peasant will be expanding seating further into the roadbed and sidewalk starting this weekend. The trio of local eateries has successfully petitioned the city to close Elizabeth Street between Spring and Prince Streets starting Friday night and all weekend.

Under the city’s Open Restaurants Program, restaurants can join together for weekend-only street closures to expand outdoor dining, create safer streets, and to promote social distancing.

Around the corner on Spring Street, Mother’s Ruin and its neighbor restaurant Wayan (20 Spring Street) are also part of the block-by-block initiative. While Mother’s Ruin doesn’t plan to expand its seating just yet, the manager tells us that they hope the weekend closure brings safer streets to both customers and pedestrians.

Photo: Eddie Panta

Restaurants have been hard-hit since the pandemic shutdown and are still waiting for guidance from the city as to when indoor dining can return. In the meantime, locals should expect more weekend street closures as restaurants seek to capitalize on this outdoor seating while the warm weather lasts.

The following streets will be blocked to vehicular through-traffic by barricades starting Friday night and all day Saturday and Sunday (8/22-8/23) Noon-11pm.

Elizabeth Street Closure
Through-traffic North on Elizabeth Street will be diverted to Bowery at Spring St.

Spring Street Closure
Through-traffic East on Spring St will be diverted north on Mulberry Street.

Residents who live on the block may still gain vehicular access beyond the gate by following the instructions posted on the signage or on the DOT website.

For-hire vehicles are instructed to drop off passengers at the nearest corner.

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