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July 1, 2009

Diners from near and far enjoy outdoor dining at Rangoli Indian Cuisine in downtown New Rochelle. From left to right: “Steven & Ruth and Yankiver (New Rochelle), Zack Yankiver (New Rochelle) & Amanda Oppedisano (Toronto), Nick Russo & Tania Orozco (New Rochelle), Barbara Glickstein (NYC) & Connie Vance (Mt. Vernon).

New Rochelle BID’s Dine Downtown 2009 Goes Al Fresco with Free WiFi

CONTACT:  Ralph DiBart, Executive Director
914-960-1460 and 212-866-0191

The New Rochelle Business Improvement District (BID) announced that more than a dozen restaurants and cafes in downtown New Rochelle are offering al fresco sidewalk café dining and free outdoor WiFi this summer.  

Ralph DiBart, BID Executive Director stated: “The BID Dine Downtown program has been successfully helping many popular downtown restaurants and cafes create programs and amenities for the dining public. During the enthusiastic public response to the BID Stimulus Sawbuck Program, many customers asked about outdoor dining. The BID is working to win City approval for sidewalk dining on behalf of more than a dozen restaurants and providing each restaurant with sidewalk fencing featuring the Dine Downtown logo to make it easy and attractive for visitors to dine al fresco. To complete the diner’s experience, free WiFi service will be available at these sidewalk cafes through the BID’s Outdoor WiFi Network”

The restaurants presently involved in this simpatico program are: Bella Bella Italian Restaurant, Brickyard Bistro, Cholo’s Peruvian Kitchen, Coromandel Cuisine of India, Gallery Café, Java Dreams Café, Kaffeine Espresso Café, La Herradura I Mexican Restaurant, Little Mexican Café, Mexican Corner Restaurant, Mo’s New York Grill, Posto 22 Restaurant, Rangoli Indian Cuisine, and Spectator’s Sports Pub.  Some restaurants and cafes such as Brickyard Bistro and Kaffeine Espresso Café also offer outdoor courtyard dining. Download map.

Mayor Noam Bramson stated: "Outdoor seating makes the already great experience of dining in New Rochelle even more pleasurable, while enhancing the energy and vitality of our street life.  This program, a joint effort of the BID and many restaurateurs, is one more reason to come see and enjoy the positive changes in our downtown."

Som Nagpal, owner of the Zagat rated Rangoli Indian Cuisine, noted “During the BID’s successful Stimulus Sawbucks Program, the community recognized that downtown New Rochelle now offers a vast array of quality, attractive and affordable restaurants and cafes. With tree lined streets and extensive public plantings, we realized that we could offer the public an appealing cosmopolitan amenity, sidewalk café dining.”

Gary Torigian and Steve Morris, owners of Spectators’ Sports Pub reported “We are seeing a resurgence of restaurant activity downtown. As an expression of our confidence in the future of New Rochelle we have made a substantial investment in a new facade and are happy to participate in the BID’s Dine Downtown ‘al fresco’ dining program.”

Mr. DiBart noted that the BID is working with downtown restaurants on other public promotions. He reported that “Many restaurants will offer special pre-fixe dinners as part of this July’s ‘BID Music on the Green’ free Thursday evening concert series. This year, to celebrate summer outdoors downtown, the BID, with corporate sponsorship from Avalon on the Sound, will offer an expanded rooster of performers including a Louisiana-style Dance Party with Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas on July 16th, Caribbean Cool with the Pantonic Steel Orchestra, July 23rd, and Brazilian Samba & Jazz with Nanny Assis, July 30th. More info.

The BID has been active in promoting downtown with its popular Dine Downtown 2009 Campaign, Artist Spaces Program, Summer Music on the Green, Outdoor Movies and BID Family Saturdays. The BID constantly pursues new venues to encourage people to frequent downtown. The BID’s goals are to promote economic development, provide sanitation services, beautify public spaces, create enhanced technology services, pursue the historic restoration of building facades,  and support the attraction of new and the retention of existing businesses in Downtown New Rochelle. In its eight year history, the BID’s efforts have resulted in $80 million of new, private, taxpaying downtown development.

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