Day one of “Downtown Alive” project brings a spike in business

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)–It was a perfect night for businesses and restaurants in downtown Wilmington on Thursday as they kicked off their new “Downtown Alive” project.

Hundreds of people hit the streets to try out the new seating. The city closed off Front Street from Dock to Chestnut. The closures allowed businesses and restaurants to expand their outdoor seating into the nearby streets.

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Restaurant management says it was a huge success, giving them the opportunity to serve more guests in an even safer manner than before.

“By 5:30 there was people all down here and we had everything set up,”says Bourbon Street general manager Matt McBride. “With our capacity still in place we can’t push everybody in, but there’s more seating out here. So, having tables available for everybody really helps us out.”

The weekend hours for the downtown alive project run from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. So, be prepared if you’re planning to head into Wilmington. The project is set to run until early September.