TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Eat in the Streets will continue in downtown Terre Haute.
Monday, the Terre Haute Board of Public Works agreed to extend the outdoor dining initiative through November 7th.
On Friday and Saturday, downtown Terre Haute was filled with community members taking part in Eat in the Streets.
The initiative allowed restaurants in the area to extend their seating outdoors onto Wabash Avenue.
“It definitely made a difference to have 10 or 12 tables out front, that really extends our dining room. That was more seating capacity than we would have even if we were at full capacity,” said Libby Waters, owner of Crossroads Cafe.
Connie Wrin, owner of The Verve, says since reopening due to COVID-19 shutdowns and guidelines that her business has operated at about 25 percent of normal sales.
She says Eat in the Streets showed a positive impact on these numbers.
“Friday night because the weather was so nice, we were almost to where we were pre-pandemic sales wise, which was great,” Wrin said.
Last week it was announced that if the initiative showed success that it could be extended.
Monday, the Terre Haute Board of Public Works agreed to continue Eat in the Streets each Friday and Saturday through November 7th.
“Thanks to Duke Bennett, he went directly to the Board of Public Works. I didn’t even have to go ask,” Wrin said.
Wrin says while she expects some businesses to feel the effects of COVID-19 well into 2021, that Eat in the Streets does provide some much needed relief.
“It’s not going to be one weekend and we’re recovered. We really need this to continue every weekend, for people to come out and support us,” Wrin said.
Wrin says weather permitting, Eat in the Streets could continue beyond November 7th.
She also says some of the new businesses coming to downtown Terre Haute are also expected to participate.