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Rutland restaurants take advantage of new space for seating

Published: Aug. 24, 2020 at 4:43 PM EDT
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RUTLAND, Vt. (WCAX) - Center Street in Rutland has undergone a transformation this summer, but did it pay off? Rutland City Mayor Dave Allaire says yes.

Earlier this summer, the city widened the sidewalks to help create places for restaurants to put tables outside. The changes allow business owners to accommodate more people during the pandemic.

"Anytime I have driven down through there in the evening, the tables are full. I think the restaurants taking advantage of it are very happy; it helps out with their business. I think it's a success and something we should maybe look at doing more of," Allaire said.

Allaire says the downtown partnership and business owners have been talking about coordinating weekend events, but he doesn’t know of any set plans yet.

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