Mayor Joseph P. Ganim
For Immediate Release
September 4, 2020
MAYOR GANIM, CITY OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE EXPANSION OF OUTDOOR DINING DOWNTOWN FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND
BRDGEPORT, CT – Mayor Ganim, together with the Office of Planning and Economic Development, announces two partial street closures and the use of on-street parking spaces to accommodate additional outdoor dining and to encourage customers to visit a variety of Downtown Bridgeport restaurants during the Labor Day weekend.
Through this effort, six different restaurants will be expanding their outside offerings this weekend. Metric Bar & Grill and One-Love KV Cuisine 2 will set up tables on a closed portion of Cannon Street. The Star Istanbul Restaurant and Rum and Tequila Fusion will bring diners to a closed portion of Markle Court. Grill II and Brick & Barrel will extend their dining areas out into the parking spaces on Broad Street and Bank Street.
All six establishments worked with the City’s Zoning Office to establish permits for the use of these expanded spaces in keeping with COVID-19 safety requirements issued by the state. In addition to direction provided by city officials, restaurant owners also received assistance from the City’s Downtown Special Services District in gaining appropriate permissions from building landlords for a communal street closure.
“Our small businesses have suffered the economic impact of COVID-19 but we are a resilient community, and our offices have taken immediate actions to support owners in re-imagining their operations to open safely under the mandated guidelines, and remain viable,” stated Mayor Ganim. “Bridgeport has so much to offer with a wide variety of ethnic cuisines in these restaurants. I hope everyone that can, will take advantage of the outdoor dining experience here, and throughout the entire city to support our local businesses.”