ITHACA, N.Y. –– On Monday, Nov. 16 Aurora Street will re-open to vehicular traffic after months of closure to accommodate socially-distanced dining.

Dubbed the Aurora “Streatery,” restaurants on N.  Aurora were able to increase their capacities while maintaining distance between customers by expanding seating into the closed-off road.

Local dining spots on the block saw a flood of patrons over the summer, seeking a glimmer of normalcy amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Despite Aurora Street returning to its former state as a through-way, city officials hope that residents will continue to patronize local business.

“We hope that for the entire holiday season and well into the new year, you will continue to support local shops and restaurants who call downtown Ithaca home,” a release from the city says. “Our district is made up of more than 90 percent locally owned/operated businesses – that’s a lot!”

The release goes on to remind shoppers about Shop Small Weekend –– coming up Nov 27 through Nov. 29.

Anna Lamb

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