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The City of New Rochelle announced today the inaugural `New Ro Eats’ event to be held on Division Street starting on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21 and continuing for two weeks. To offer more individuals the ability to enjoy New Rochelle restaurants during the phased reopening of businesses, New Rochelle will close Division St. to traffic and open the street for restaurants to organize unique dining areas and help them rebound and recover. On Father’s Day, al fresco dining will be available from 1 PM to 9 PM, and outdoor dining will continue to be available daily from Noon to 9 PM from the eateries along Division St. through Sunday, July 5.
With New Rochelle City Council support for the restaurant community and working in partnership with the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) and the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce, this new, outdoor experience will let family and friends dine together, while practicing social distancing to help keep the curve flat. To welcome visitors at the start, there will be a kickoff celebration and ribbon cutting at 1 PM featuring the Mayor, Downtown BID and Chamber of Commerce.
"By partnering with our restaurant community to expand outdoor dining, we can accelerate New Rochelle’s economic recovery from COVID-19 and reimagine public spaces for everyone’s enjoyment," said New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson.
“We owe it to our local businesses to be creative and offer solutions that can help them re-open responsibly. By expanding outdoor dining, we are giving our restaurants and shops the space they need to succeed in this new environment. This will be one of the most visible signs that we are on the road to recovery,” said New Rochelle City Council Member Sara Kaye.
"New Ro Eats is another key, positive step on the road to recovery for our local restaurant community with expanded seating capacity for friends and family to dine in a safe and spacious outdoor environment. I look forward to dining on Division Street and supporting our local restaurants," said New Rochelle City Council Member Ivar Hyden.
"Outdoor dining is a key feature for our dedicated Downtown restaurants and their resilient diners. Everyone gets the benefit of expanded seating capacity which is so important--especially this year," said Marc Jerome, Chairman, New Rochelle Downtown BID.
Participating restaurants include Modern Restaurant, Posto 22, The Wooden Spoon, Juicy Chicken, Diner Brew and La Esquina Salvadorena with more expected to follow. Reservations are encouraged by calling the restaurants directly but are not required.
"As a restaurant owner, I know the restaurant industry operates on thin margins and each table matters; especially now during the phased reopening when restaurants are operating at reduced capacities. The ’New Ro Eats’ program is an innovative way to help restaurants overcome this hurdle. I hope to see it expand to other parts of the city," said New Rochelle Chamber President Rob Hayes, owner of The Beechmont Tavern.
Additional city efforts to enable the expansion of outdoor seating are currently underway, including eliminating fees, and streamlining the process for sidewalk café and outdoor dining permits. Following the two-week pilot, the City of New Rochelle will look for additional opportunities to expand the outdoor dining program and experience throughout the city to continue its support of the city’s diverse restaurant community. For more information on New Rochelle, visit www.newrochelleny.com.
About the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber of Commerce of New Rochelle is a voluntary, multifaceted organization composed of business firms, professional men and women and public-spirited citizens. The Chamber’s primary concerns are publicizing and developing commercial and industrial opportunities, seeing to the needs of its membership and promoting the City of New Rochelle.
About the New Rochelle Downtown BID (NRBID)
Downtown is represented by the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District (“NRBID” or the “BID”). Established in 2000, NRBID is a non-profit association of over 800 business and property owners whose prime goal is economic development, new business, and new investment. As part of its mission, the NRBID is also devoted to assuring clean and safe streets, adequate parking, and exciting Downtown activities and events.