Downtown streets to close for more outdoor restaurant seating

Staff Report

ROCKFORD – The City of Rockford, in collaboration with the River District  Association, will be closing sections of downtown streets this weekend to allow for more outdoor restaurant seating.

Starting at 3 p.m., Friday, June 12, the 200, 300, 400 and 500 blocks of East State Street, the bridge on State Street, and Madison Street between East State and Market streets will be closed to traffic.

At 8 a.m., Saturday, the State Street Bridge and Madison Street will open back up. However, the 200 through the 500 block of East State will remain closed until 8 a.m., Sunday, June 14, with north-south streets will remain open.

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Businesses taking advantage of the closed streets will treat the area as an extension of their current outdoor seating and will be required to follow the governor’s executive rrder and IDPH guidance, including requiring face coverings, placing tables six feet apart and not allowing a standing area for guests to congregate.

At this time, the following businesses plan to have street seating: Sisters Thai Café, Office Night Club, Abreo, Social, Vintage 501 Food Truck, Wired Café, Woodfire, CJ’s Lounge, LiMaMar, Taco Betty’s, Ronit’s Kitchen, Quixotic Bakery, Velvet Robot Coffee Lab, and Magpie.

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