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Bronx's Little Italy creates 'Piazza Di Belmont' to encourage outdoor eating

Posted at 10:56 PM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 22:56:22-04

BELMONT, The Bronx — The street is for strolling when the avenue becomes a piazza.

They’re known in Italy as community meeting places.

Anthony and Paul Ramirez are owners of the Bronx Brew Hall in the historic Arthur Avenue Retail Market.

“It will not be the same not for a long time, but it’s a step in right direction,” said Anthony Ramirez.

The Belmont Business Improvement District has officially launched the dedicated open air dining along a stretch of Arthur Avenue.

Frank Franz with the district says it has been a hardship and this allows restaurants to have more tables since indoor dining is still prohibited.

“We close the street down and people can eat with peace and quiet and there’s room for social distancing,” Franz said.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. the world-famous avenue is closed to vehicle vehicle travel from Crescent Avenue three blocks north to East 188th Street.

NYC Councilmember and still candidate for Congress Ritchie Torres represents the area.

“Thankfully, the businesses can find creative solutions to the problem,” he said.

The first round of street closures for outside dining includes:

  • Arthur Avenue
  • Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn
  • Doyers Street in Chinatown
  • Bell Boulevard and 41st Avenue in Bayside, Queens
  • New Dorp Lane in New Dorp, Staten Island