Old Town ‘Streatery’ Car-Free Zone Extended Until Spring 2021

The pedestrian-only restaurant zone in Old Town has been voted to keep in place through March 2021 by the Alexandria City Council. The waterfront park of Northern Virginia city and 100 block of King Street near the Potomac River have restaurant seating on the sidewalks and along the road where cars typically would park. A broad corridor down the center of the road is open for walkers and social distancing.

According to wtop.com, “Describing the vibe that restauranteurs are trying to maintain, Scott Shaw of Alexandria Restaurant Partners said they’re hoping to keep an open feeling with healthy airflow. “If it feels like you’re indoors in a restaurant, then you might as well go indoors to dine,” Shaw said. The idea is that temporary structures would not be completely enclosed, they’d just provide warmth and shelter from the elements.”

Karl Moritz, Alexandria’s planning director, said, “Right now, we’re all focused very much on winterizing. There’s the question of how enclosed structures can be, as well as technical issues that we need to be prepared for, such as, ‘What do we do when we need to plow the streets for snow?”

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