It looks like the restrictions on Broadway regarding restaurants will soon be lifted. At least that's what the tea leaves say. I for one would proceed with caution as mentioned in other posts here. An article I was reading recently talked about Main Street being better off and attracting more people when there are places where people can gather other than inside stores and restaurants. The idea is to make the street a destination. Will restaurants do that for Broadway? I think not. Seems to me Broadway has no open space, no public gathering spot--except the alley next to Il Piccolo :-). Here is the article about Main Streets. It has some interesting ideas. Like this one:
We know that the more uses public spaces can accommodate, the more successful they will become as community gathering places. Simply stated, the more varied the uses, the more varied the audience becomes. But still we are designing and managing too many places that have only a single purpose—whether it is a park, a square, or a street. All too often, uses and people don’t mix. As our communities become more diverse and populous, we will not only need more public spaces; we will need places where people of different backgrounds feel comfortable coming together. How can we promote more of the right kind of design, management, and investment to create multi-use public spaces and places?