Patchogue Village is launching a new outdoor dining experience this Sunday.

Its an event called “Sundays in the Street” where most of Main Street will be closed off to allow restaurants to expand its outdoor dining sections from the sidewalk onto the pavement.

Al fresco dining has grown in popularity in the local areas since it was allowed on June 10 in Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan.

The goal of the outing is to help the restaurant industry that has been crippled after dining was shut down mid-March due to the coronavirus. Limited indoor dining recently opened this Wednesday.

Sundays on the Street will run 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Main Street will be shut down to vehicle passage on East Main Street from Maple Avenue to Ocean Avenue, and on West Main Street from Ocean Avenue to West Avenue. Ocean Avenue itself will always remain open for vehicles.

“If it works this could be an activity we may do for many years,” said David Kennedy, executive director of the Greater Patchogue Village Chamber of Commerce which is organizing the outing.

Depending on how this weekend goes, Kennedy said Sundays in the Street could be an on-going event ran throughout this summer.

“The biggest concern is crowd control … we don’t want to break social distancing protocols,” he said, also adding face coverings is mandatory when not sitting at a table.

To help limit large gatherings, the chamber is asking all diners to make reservations in advance. Scroll down to see participating eateries.

The first reservation will be accepted at noon and the last reservations are at 7 p.m.

participating locations

  • The Tap Room
  • The Cuban
  • Buttermilk’s Kitchen
  • Local Burger
  • Bobbique
  • BrickHouse Brewery
  • That Meetball Place
  • Del Fuego
  • Hoshi
  • Locale
  • Arooga’s
  • Daisy’s Nashville Lounge
  • Village Idiot Pub
  • Rhum
  • Toast Coffeehouse
  • Perabell Food Bar
  • Fulton’s Gate Irish Pub
  • Gallo

Top: Outdoor dining in front of Gallo in Patchogue (credit: Facebook)