Bronx Little Italy Launches “Piazza di Belmont” on Arthur Avenue for Weekend Evening Al Fresco Dining 

In addition to Outdoor Dining as Part of NYC’s Reopening, the Belmont Business Improvement District Created a Dedicated Outdoor Dining Plaza from Thursdays to Sundays Evenings, Starting Tonight

Bronx, New York – July 9, 2020The Belmont Business Improvement District (BID) in the Bronx announces the launch of “Piazza di Belmont,” their first-ever piazza-style al fresco dining plan on Arthur Avenue between East 188th Street and Crescent Avenue from Thursday to Sunday nights, starting tonight. The Belmont BID partnered with Sam Schwartz, former NYC Traffic Commissioner, to create their outdoor dining weekend plan that incorporates health and safety protocols, six-feet spacing between tables, signage for pedestrians, temporary street closures during the weekend evenings and more. Approved by the Department of Transportation, “Piazza di Belmont” creates a glorious, European-style outdoor dining experience.

During the weekend nights, the street is closed to vehicular traffic Thursdays to Saturdays from 6 pm to 10 pm and Sunday 1 pm to 9:30 pm. The street is open to traffic and parking for shoppers during the day. Outdoor dining continues to be available during the week.

“While Little Italy in the Bronx has been operating during COVID-19 due to our essential businesses including butchers, pharmacies, fish markets, delis, bakeries, pizzerias, and many other specialty stores and services, we have looked forward to reopening our restaurants which make up the other half of our historic, multi-generational neighborhood. Streets remain open during normal business hours every day while the weekend evenings are a new opportunity for visitors to experience our own Little Italy in the Bronx piazza-style al fresco dining. The Belmont BID is thankful to the NYPD 48th Precinct, led by Captain Joseph Tompkins and the Department of Transportation for their help, coordination and support of this initiative,” said Peter Madonia, Chairman of the Belmont BID.

Bronx Little Italy’s neighborhood outdoor dining plan feature over 25 restaurants, eateries and local businesses, including Ann & Tony’s, Antonio’s Trattoria, Arthur Avenue Fiasco, Azgardz, Bronx Beer Hall, Café Nocciola, Cka Ka Qellu, Emilia’s Restaurant, Enzo’s of Arthur Avenue, Estrellita Poblana III, Gerbasi Ristorante, Gurra Café, Mario’s Restaurant, Mike’s Deli, Michaelangelo’s, Pasquale’s Rigoletto Restaurant, San Gennaro Restaurant, Tapas Italiano, Tino’s Deli, Zero Otto Nove, among others.

A portion of the previously submitted street proposal is included below, as well as a map of neighborhood street parking options:

Following the guidelines of elected and health officials, all Bronx Little Italy restaurants implement health and safety protocols for outdoor dining including six feet spacing between all tables; face masks required by all staff; mandatory daily health screening of staff; signage of social distancing throughout; regular cleaning and disinfecting according to CDC guidelines; and more. Reservations at individual restaurants are highly recommended.

Arthur Avenue is located within approximately 30 minutes by car of nearly any point in the NY metropolitan area. Little Italy in the Bronx has several parking options including metered spaces and a public parking lot at 2356 Hoffman Street. In addition to ride shares, visitors can get to the Belmont neighborhood via Metro-North and NYC’s Subway’s D/B line.

For more information about Little Italy in the Bronx, visit www.bronxlittleitaly.com or follow the BID on Instagram at @BronxLittleItaly, Twitter at @BXLittleItaly, Facebook at @BronxLittleItaly or YouTube.com @BronxLittleItaly.

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About The Belmont Business Improvement District: The Belmont Business Improvement District (BID) works to advance the economic well-being of local businesses and the community at large by promoting the “Little Italy in the Bronx” brand, the strong ethnic heritage and leadership in the culinary marketplace. The Belmont BID strives to expand business and awareness by leveraging the mercantile, social, political and cultural assets within and around the community. The local neighborhood features New York City’s best, authentic Italian restaurants, butchers, bakeries, pastry shops, artisan merchants and institutions.