GLEN ELLYN - In a continued effort to support the business community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Glen Ellyn Village Board May 26 passed a resolution to move forward with plans for additional outdoor dining and shopping opportunities throughout the village, according to a village news release.
As part of Phase 3 of Governor JB Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan, bars and restaurants are allowed to reopen with outdoor seating. Beginning May 29, many of Glen Ellyn’s dining establishments will re-open their outdoor cafes and seating areas.
Additionally, the village is creating an outdoor community dining venue, Dine on Duane. Dine on Duane, which will be located in front of the Civic Center, 535 Duane Street, will offer residents and visitors the opportunity to pick up food and beverages from downtown restaurants and enjoy alfresco while maintaining social distancing.
While restaurants will begin outdoor dining services as early as May 29, Dine on Duane is expected to open in early June. The Dine on Duane site plan, which will occupy the eastbound lane of Duane Street between Main Street and the Civic Center drive, will include a 120-foot tent, picnic tables, festive lighting and turf grass just outside the tent for additional seating.
Village staff is continuing to coordinate logistics regarding cleaning, garbage and sanitation stations for the outdoor dining venue. In addition, other smaller scale outdoor dining pocket parks are planned in the downtown, which will include locations on both the north and south side of the tracks.
“Our local small businesses are the cornerstone of Glen Ellyn,” Village President Diane McGinley said in the release. “We want to thank the community for their overwhelming support of our restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic. Developing Dine on Duane and other outdoor dining options gives the Village the opportunity to welcome residents and visitors back into our downtown to enjoy shopping and dining.”