New “Bethesda Streetery” Provides Additional Outdoor Seating for Diners

Temporary street closures begin on Wednesday to accommodate the extended dining space

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Veterans Park Bethesda
Bethesda Streetery will open in Veterans Park on Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Bethesda Urban Partnership.

Can’t get a reservation for an outside table at your favorite downtown Bethesda restaurant? Soon there will be more options to dine en plein air.

“Bethesda Streetery” from Bethesda Urban Partnership and Montgomery County will create extended outdoor dining space for customers to enjoy after picking up their to-go orders at local restaurants.


To accommodate the additional seating area, temporary street closures will begin on Wednesday, June 10, in the following areas:

  • Norfolk Avenue, between St. Elmo Avenue and Cordell Avenue
  • Norfolk Avenue, between Cordell Avenue and Del Ray Avenue
  • Woodmont Avenue, between Elm Street and Bethesda Avenue
  • Veterans Park, corner of Norfolk and Woodmont Avenues

Cordell Avenue, between the parking garage near Old Georgetown Road and Triangle Towers, will be closed Wednesdays through Sundays from 4-10 p.m.

“Bethesda Streetery not only gives the community a safe dining option and enjoyable experience in our downtown, but also provides restaurants with additional seating and the chance to once again connect more fully with their customers at a safe distance,” said Bethesda Urban Partnership’s executive director, Jeff Burton, in a press release.

Restaurants with sidewalk tables will continue to manage their own outdoor seating. Bethesda Streetery, available for patrons of any restaurant, will be set up as open-seating in the street, with four-top tables arranged at least six feet apart.

Patrons are responsible for throwing away their trash and recycling. Bethesda Urban Partnership will disinfect tables after each use.

“Bethesda Urban Partnership remains committed to helping local businesses, as well as providing a safe environment for residents and visitors during this time of cautious re-opening,” said Burton.

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