Alfresco dining returns to downtown York

Cris Collingwood//May 11, 2023

Outdoor dining returns to downtown York Friday - PHOTO/Courtesy of Downtown Inc.

Alfresco dining returns to downtown York

Cris Collingwood//May 11, 2023

People looking to dine in downtown York will be able to choose to sit outdoors this summer. 

Downtown Inc. said outdoor dining on North George Street in Historically Edgy Downtown York will be available starting Friday and will continue every Friday and Saturday through the end of October. 

“We know that with the increased foot traffic brought on by the recently reopened Yorktowne Hotel, the continuation of the North George Street outdoor dining experience will only further our community’s reputation as a desirable destination,” said Director of Downtown Inc, Jonathan Desmarais.  

The Handsome Cab, Tutoni’s, Rockfish Public House, The Left Bank Restaurant & Bar, and Gift Horse Brewing Company will offer alfresco dining on North George Street. The road will be closed between West Philadelphia Street. and West Gas Avenue for the event, Downtown York said. 

 Friday outdoor dining hours (excluding First Fridays) will be 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday hours are from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

 Each restaurant will post their hours and standards for service to their social media or website. All reservations for the outdoor George Street seating will be handled by the individual restaurants.  

 “Closing the street for expanded outdoor seating and live music creates a destination environment for our city that is found in larger downtowns with much success,” said Allison Witherow, chair of the York City Independent Restaurant Association and board member of the York Business Improvement District Authority. 

 “In conjunction with other city initiatives, we’ll continue to build a draw for visitors from around the region and create a positive reputation for York City,” Witherow said. “This helps all of our community’s restaurants and retail businesses and reaches far beyond the businesses on Restaurant Row.”