The Town of Leesburg has formally expanded its downtown outdoor dining program that closes down a portion of South King Street and lets area restaurants set up tables and serve outdoors.

According to an announcement from the town, the street closures will now occur each Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. Previously, it was only Friday and Saturday. The program has also been extended an additional two weeks, and will now run through Sunday, November 8, weather permitting.

The program has been helpful to local restaurants hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. The outdoor seating — which takes place along South King between Market Street and Loudoun Street — allows diners to feel more comfortable in an open-air space while allowing restaurants — especially those with little or no outdoor seating of their own — to serve more customers.

Among the restaurants participating this weekend — Black Hoof Brewing Company, Echelon Wine Bar, King Street Oyster Bar, and The Wine Kitchen.

(Image: Town of Leesburg)