10 eating places in downtown Greensboro and 20 retailers go outdoors on Fridays and Saturdays | meal

Dominique Pardella and Corrin Dennis enjoy a Mystic Ginger dinner during The Streatery, an outdoor dining event on Fourth Street in Winston-Salem on July 25th.

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Guests dine at a variety of restaurants on Fourth Street during Streatery, an outdoor event on Fourth Street on Saturday, July 25, 2020 in Winston-Salem, NC

GREENSBORO – A portion of downtown Elm Street will be closed for two nights to become a pedestrian-friendly mall with restaurants and outdoor shopping.

Open Streets is offered Friday night and Saturday by Downtown Greensboro Inc., a nonprofit advocate of downtown corporations, in partnership with Creative Greensboro and the city.

“Our restaurants and retailers are in pure survival mode. We must do all we can to work with them to provide a safe way to be open, ”said Zack Matheny, President of DGI.

Elm Street between Market Street and Lewis Street will be closed to traffic from 6pm to 9pm today and from 12pm to 9pm on Saturday.

During this time, at least 10 restaurants, including Lao and Grey’s Tavern, will serve outside, and nearly 20 retailers like Thousands Prints and Just Be will be hosting street sales.

“We’ve had a long discussion (with the city) about the experience guests would have if we closed Elm Street so people could walk around,” Matheny said.

Greensboro is following a trend from other cities. The trial run of The Streatery by the Downtown Winston-Salem partnership on July 25 was so successful that DWSP is planning more this month.

Matheny said the Greensboro event is not an arts event and therefore not a festival. Outdoor mass gatherings of 25 or more people are prohibited by order of the governor to contain the spread of the coronavirus. This restriction is part of the second phase of the reopening. The second phase was supposed to end today, but has now been extended to September 11th.

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