BETHESDA, MD — Several streets in downtown Bethesda will be closed to vehicular traffic each day to allow for outdoor dining.
"Bethesda Streetery" — a new dining concept that creates additional restaurant seating — was created by Montgomery County and the Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP).
Outdoor dining is permitted under phase one of County Executive Marc Elrich's reopening plan.
"Bethesda Urban Partnership remains committed to helping local businesses, as well as providing a safe environment for residents and visitors during this time of cautious re-opening," said BUP Executive Director Jeff Burton. "Bethesda Streetery not only gives the community a safe dining option and enjoyable experience in our downtown, but also provides restaurants with additional seating and the chance to once again connect more fully with their customers at a safe distance."
Customers can use the tables and chairs after picking up an order from a Bethesda restaurant.
Tables will be placed at least 6 feet apart and cleaned after each use. Each table can accommodate up to four people.
The "Streetery" will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, starting Wednesday. The following streets will be closed:
- Norfolk Avenue, between St. Elmo Avenue and Cordell Avenue
- Norfolk Avenue, between Cordell Avenue and Del Ray Avenue
- Woodmont Avenue, between Elm Street and Bethesda Avenue
- Veterans Park, corner of Norfolk and Woodmont avenues
- Cordell Avenue, between the parking garage near Old Georgetown Road and Triangle Towers
Outdoor dining hours on Cordell Avenue will be 4 to 10 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.