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October 5, 2020

Downtown Hartford’s Pratt St. to test 24/7 outdoor October patio

HBJ Photo | Joe Cooper Pratt Street in Hartford.

In a move aimed at boosting foot traffic for downtown shops during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Hartford’s Pratt Street will remain closed to vehicles and parking until late on Halloween night.

For the past few years since Pratt Street underwent a $1-million resurfacing, the brick-lined corridor has been closed to vehicular traffic during portions of each weekday in the spring and summer months, as well as during special events like the NCAA Men’s basketball tournament in March 2019, in order to allow for an open-air market setting where patrons gather and dine on the sidewalk and street.

But this will be the first time the street has closed 24/7 to vehicles for a full month. The closure began over the weekend.

The Hartford Business Improvement District will set up tables, chairs and umbrellas on the street every day this month between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. On-street dining options will include Sorella, Sunberry Café, and the newly re-opened Vaughan’s Public House, HBID said. There will also be free WiFi.

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