(WHAM) - One of the streets near the Rochester Public Market is being partially closed to drivers so that extended outdoor space can be used by restaurants, breweries, and other food and beverage businesses.
Starting Monday, Railroad Street will be closed and have seating space extended. Black Button Distilling, BXCR, Katboocha, Bitter Honey and the Object Maker are all setting up their own tables and chairs for patrons.
They say it's not only a way for the community to enjoy Rochester. It also helps their employees return to work.
"So this is the whole ballgame to us," said Jason Barrett, president of Black Button Distillery. "It allows all of our bartenders to come back to work, community members to come out and enjoy all that we have to offer, so it's really what will allow us to be in business this summer."
Several combined events for the Railroad Street District are being planned, including an Independence Day event.
Food trucks will be in the area as well.
The initiative continues until the end of the summer. The businesses hope they can extend it into the fall.