From July 31 until Oct. 24, the Town of Leesburg will close South King Street from Market to Loudoun streets on Friday and Saturday evenings to give some downtown restaurants the option to expand capacity via outdoor seating.
Participants in the new outdoor dining program will include Black Hoof Brewing Company, Delirium Café, Echelon Wine Bar, King Street Oyster Bar, Leesburg Gourmet and The Wine Kitchen, according to town officials.
As the COVID-19 health crisis has forced many Virginia eateries to heavily reduce their capacity under the various phases of reopening, town officials are aiming to offer relief to local businesses without increasing risk to public health.
“We have been looking forward to a program like this even before COVID, where the Town of Leesburg would create the ability to enjoy outdoor dining,” Echelon Wine Bar Owner and Wine Director Aimee Henkle told the Times-Mirror.
The street will close at 3:30 p.m. on scheduled days, and outdoor dining hours will be from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Town officials say designated on-street parking spaces for delivery and pickup will be adjacent to the King Street intersection on East Market Street and West Market Street.
Further, customers must maintain proper social distancing and will not be permitted to congregate in the street.
No live performances or other outdoor entertainment is scheduled during this time frame, though patrons are encouraged to visit downtown shops while waiting to be seated, according to Wednesday’s announcement.
“We are very excited about not only the ability to serve more guests, but also that the community and town came together to make this all happen,” The Wine Kitchen majority owner Jason Miller said.
More information can be found at leesburgva.gov/Home/Components/News/News/8801/29.