Sycamore Street closes for outdoor dining in Old Towne Petersburg

Posted at 2:38 PM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 11:12:44-04

PETERSBURG, Va. -- The City of Petersburg has closed a portion of Sycamore Street so that restaurants in the Old Towne area can create outdoor dining areas.

Beginning on May 28, the city closed Sycamore Street between Bank and Bollingbrook Streets.

The closure will allow specific outdoor dining areas for Longstreet’s Deli, DJ’s Rajun Cajun, and Old Towne’s Alibi. The three restaurants will be required to have a designated area to serve alcoholic beverages.

The remaining outdoor dining area will be available for any patrons.

The seating area, referred to as “Old Towne Square” will officially open for business during breakfast on Friday, May 29th.

City officials say this portion of Sycamore Street will remain closed until Phase 3 of Governor Northam’s Forward Virginia Plan.

The city encourages patrons to refer to restaurant’s social media and websites for more information on hours and menus.

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