YORKTOWN, N.Y. - As Westchester County entered Phase 2 of reopening on Tuesday, June 9, Yorktown restaurateurs eagerly opened their doors for outdoor dining service.
At a gathering of town officials at Hudson Valley Steakhouse on Old Crompond Road to celebrate the kick-off, Supervisor Matt Slater declared it “an exciting day for Yorktown.”
“Many of our residents and, of course, our business owners have been anxiously waiting to enjoy a delicious meal at one of their favorite restaurants either here at Hudson Valley Steakhouse or later tonight at Furci’s. It’s a great day for Yorktown.”
Through the town’s expedited permitting process for outdoor dining, which was instituted over a month ago, restaurants were able to quickly open their doors with proper paperwork in hand to begin serving the community again once Phase 2 began. The new policy also eliminated fees associated with obtaining the permits.
Under normal circumstances, outdoor seating permits take between six to eight weeks to obtain.
In total, nine restaurants are taking advantage of the new permitting process offered by the town to help reboot Yorktown’s economy.
In addition to Hudson Valley Steakhouse at 3360 Old Crompond, Nadine’s German Restaurant at 715 Saw Mill River Road, Yorktown Grill at 347 Downing Drive, Pappous Greek Kitchen at 1983 Commerce St., Frankie & Augie’Z at 3673 Hill Boulevard, Furci’s Restaurant at 334 Underhill Ave., Augie’s Prime Cut at 3436 Lexington Ave., The Gramercy at 345 Kear St. and The Winery at St. George at 1715 E. Main St. applied for outdoor permits with Yorktown’s building department.
“The Phase 2 reopening of many of our local, small independent businesses is one of many steps it will take to ensure their revival and survival,” said Bob Giordano, president of the Yorktown Small Business Alliance. “All our restaurants are opening with significantly less capacity than they had prior to the pandemic.
“It is of the utmost importance that all Yorktown citizens patronize our local, small independent businesses first. Think local before you spend your money and dine with your safety and the safety of others in mind.”
Strict safety measures will be followed at restaurants. Tables must be spaced 6 feet apart; patrons are limited to 10 per table and individuals sitting at the same table must be members of the same party. Restaurant employees also are required to wear face masks.
“Smart, safe and we’re going to be successful. That’s been our focus at town government,” Slater said. “The restaurants that are reopening for outdoor service have taken great care to ensure the health and safety of the public and their staff. It’s now up to the dining public to play their role in Phase 2, including wearing masks until seated at their table and keeping their dining parties small.”
Esposito commended the Town Board for the work it’s done on the permitting process, as well as Building Inspector John Landi and Director of Planning John Tegeder.
“Both departments have worked seamlessly in getting the job done and the permits issued in less than a week,” Esposito said.
He went on to read an excerpt from Westchester Magazine, which said the most developed and comprehensive plan for reopening is coming out of Yorktown.
Restaurant owners now await customers for dining in the new normal just as Westchester and the Hudson Valley await Phase 3 of reopening.
“We are ready to go, full of reservations and waiting for more,” said Deneen Furci. “We want to thank our customers for supporting us through the to-go process and getting takeout, which was great, but now they’re going to support us where we can actually see them, welcome them and love them as we’ve been waiting to do.”
Slater reiterated that it’s up to residents to support their local businesses.
“Here in Yorktown, town government recognizes the struggles many of these places have endured during the COVID-19 pandemic and we are proud to have worked with so many stakeholders through this Reboot Yorktown Task Force to provide a helpful and streamlined process. Now it’s up to our local residents to support establishments. I’m proud to say Yorktown is once again open for business.”
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