These O.C. Cities Closed Downtown Areas to Traffic for Outdoor Dining

These cities closed their downtown areas to traffic so guests could safely enjoy outdoor dining.
Photograph by ©SWA/Jonnu Singleton

Laguna Beach
Guests strolled through The Promenade on Forest, which encompassed Forest Avenue from Coast Highway to Glenneyre Street. The pedestrian-only experience designed for social distancing offered outdoor dining, temporary art installations, and retail decks illuminated by hanging string lights.

With its catchy name, Walk on Wilshire boasted alfresco dining in the heart of downtown Fullerton. The city closed West Wilshire Avenue from Harbor Boulevard to Malden Avenue to vehicle traffic, allowing restaurants such as Rialto Café and Fullerton Brew Co. to move tables and chairs into the street.

Huntington Beach
The city closed two bustling blocks of Main Street to vehicle traffic, allowing restaurants to seat and serve customers outdoors. Social distancing guidelines were in place while patrons enjoyed the ocean breeze with a cold pint at Killarney’s Irish Pub or dinner at Sushi on Fire.

Old Towne Orange offered its share of street closures, shutting down North Glassel between Chapman and Maple, and South Glassel between Almond and Chapman. Visitors ate pozole verde at Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen and grilled tri-tip at Smoqued California BBQ.

Santa Fe Avenue in Old Town Placentia closed to vehicle traffic, designating outdoor space for restaurants including local favorite San Sushi. Tables and chairs were set up on AstroTurf, with umbrellas and string lights setting a relaxing tone for anyone who wanted to enjoy the fresh air.

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