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East Lansing Opens New Outdoor Dining Districts

Nervous about dining in but still looking for an afternoon of good food? East Lansing’s new outdoor dining district has you covered.

Al fresco dining has always been popular, but it just got a lot easier to grab a table in East Lansing.

“If you’re looking for a great meal but don’t feel comfortable with dine-in service yet — or just enjoy having a refreshing beverage with friends on a fabulous patio — I have just the spot,” shared Tracy Padot, Greater Lansing certified tourism ambassador.

The East Lansing City Council has converted three sections in the city’s downtown into open-air dining areas where takeout food and packaged alcohol purchased from downtown restaurants can be consumed in a socially distanced outdoor setting.

“East Lansing opened a new outdoor dining district in the heart of downtown. Picnic tables line Albert Avenue, allowing patrons to visit their favorite East Lansing eatery and then enjoy their food outside giving the area a festival feel,” Padot said. “The best part for me is that my family can grab whatever they’re craving from their favorite restaurant and we can all meet in one spot to enjoy burgers, tacos or sushi. It’s a great addition to the region’s dining scene.”

The three areas designated are Albert Avenue, from east of the Albert Avenue Garage entrance, 188 Albert Ave., to M.A.C. Avenue, the Bailey Street parking lot at 139 Bailey St. and the parking area along the north side of Valley Court.

The areas will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for plenty of time for lunch or dinner. Patrons must purchase their food and alcohol from restaurants in the area.

It’s a great opportunity to enjoy some fresh air, visit downtown East Lansing and support local businesses.

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