FARGO -- Alfresco Islands, an outdoor dining-style concept to help patrons enjoy eating outside this summer, has returned to downtown Fargo.

The "islands," made possible by the Downtown Community Partnership and Interstate Parking, consist of parklets, benches, and/or tables – Alfresco style, and are an addition to other green spaces downtown.

“We want Fargo-Moorhead to have spaces to enjoy the outdoors in the heart of our city,” says Lora Larson, development coordinator at the Downtown Community Partnership. “Our independent restaurants and shops make the heart of Fargo a unique and enjoyable destination and we want to be creative in finding ways to support them and give customers a casual place to enjoy their takeout and feel like a part of the neighborhood.”

Alfresco Islands debuted last summer as the coronavirus pandemic forced dining establishments to rely heavily on takeout. The urban eating islands provided a clean, socially distanced way to enjoy the ambiance of downtown.

People can enjoy take-out meals and beverages on picnic tables or benches at:

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  • Island Park
  • Fargo Civic Plaza, Fourth Street and Second Avenue North
  • Ole Tangen Park at NP Avenue and Roberts Street
  • Parks Plaza, 701 Main Avenue
  • North Dakota State University’s Renaissance Hall, 650 NP Ave.
  • Broadway Square, 201 Broadway
  • First Avenue and Broadway
  • Great Northern Park, 425 Broadway

The Alfresco Islands will be set up through the month of August. To learn more, visit https://downtownfargo.com/alfresco-islands/.