All that you are about to read is far closer to truth than rumor.
Taking over the old Velvet space will be a 20’s themed spot called Gershwins run by the people who own the after hours club around the corner. They are considering putting an atrium over the great part out back in the alleyway.
Moving into the old Empire space is an Italian spot run by true I-talians. They’ve committed to having penne ala vodka on the menu.
Word is that TCC’s culinary school has found a new home at the old Farm Fresh space at Harbor Heights. Will be nice seeing that prime street level spot occupied. Just as critical, this will mean a lot more talented folks at every level of our Downtown restaurant scene.
The City received a Rockefeller Foundation grant to deal with the flooding by The Chrysler in an artistic way that spurs economic development. Lots of good words in that sentence.
All signs point toward The Plot moving to the old Zedd’s space, sometime just after the Grand Illumination Parade.
Soon it will be a lot easier to recycle in Downtown Norfolk.
Thanks, in large part, to Mary Miller and the DNC. We are only hearing good things about the change in leadership over there (with respect to achievements of the past regime.)
Was really sad to read yesterday that the Union Mission deal fell through. I know that the hold-up there was putting a great amount of financial strain on the Union Mission organization. Consider donating some cash, some time, or some bedsheets.
The majority of apartments in the Wainright Building have already been leased.
Grow has expanded to take over about half of the floorspace of the building next door slated to become the next Dave Hausmann creation. I have seen this one with my own eyes. Of course, it’s beauitful.
I personally consider Downtown to be something of a crescent that extends from the big buildings to the Arts District in one direction and to West Ghent (they call it Chelsea) via the Elizabeth River Trail the other way, with a hitch down to Harbor Park. Good news for Chelsea: soon there will be a bakery between The Birch and T West.
The owner of Bob’s Gun has bought two buildings across the street on Granby. He plans retail on the first floor with residences above.
Finally, there are a couple public art projects in the pipeline for Downtown Norfolk that have too many phases of approval to get through until they’re real, but—-trust me—-amazzzzzzzzing.
That’s all I got for now. Here’s how to reach me if you’ve got any juice: email@example.com.