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Comment by Hunter on April 11, 2011 at 9:24am

So five new restaurants.  Everything you need to know about Downtown is that an "Italian hot dog stand" is a restaurant.  (If you remove the wheels from a cart vendor, is it a restaurant?)  Where does the patronage for these new eateries come from if not from existing businesses?  The Arts District has been kicking around for ten years or more, but it always comes down to the same thing.  Artists need low rents.  Will Downtown propery owners oblige?

Comment by once banned twice shy on April 11, 2011 at 9:28am
That KOB story got Dennis's name wrong.  It's Gromelski.  Not Gromeski.  Whatever.  I like the idea of a jazz oyster restaurant, though.  It's been a long time since I've seen an oyster wail on a sax...
Comment by John on April 11, 2011 at 12:10pm
Five new restaurants? I'm not sure that's an economic recovery, that sounds more like the natural flow of a downtown economy. Small restaurants are by their nature tricky businesses to start up: some open and some close, some open and some close, back and forth, over and over again. Given the number of places that have closed downtown in recent years, a few new restaurants sounds more like status quo than a "recovery" (and status quo isn't necessarily a bad thing here).
Comment by urbanABQ on April 11, 2011 at 12:58pm
What's notable about these new restaurants is that they are filling some new spaces that have been vacant since they came on the market. Downtowns should be dynamic and never static. These signs of recovery are a good indication in a city where we prefer our strip malls...
Comment by Another Mike on April 11, 2011 at 2:25pm

RE:  Downtown


Dennis and Chris is/were working with UNM's School of Architecture and Planning...I'm sure the exhibit is still up over at 100 Gold.  Here's the Announcement.  There were a number of things proposed...right near the door step of the City Planning Department. 


All kinds of interesting things were proposed.

Comment by ABQDWELL on April 11, 2011 at 5:26pm
I agree that restaurants tend to come and go but as urbanABQ pointed out it is encouraging that some are taking over never before leased space (high end burger place below One Up). I think it is also encouraging that a jazz club is taking shape at Gold and Second (Jazzbah, not sure of spelling).
Comment by ABQDWELL on April 11, 2011 at 5:28pm
Also, a year round farmer's market is set to be housed downtown shortly.
Comment by Hunter on April 11, 2011 at 6:41pm
Year round farmer's market, 15 years in the making.  When I first moved here "Central Market" was supposed to occupy what eventually became that billiards monstrosity.  Well, better late than never.
Comment by Barelas Babe on April 12, 2011 at 5:51am

@Hunter - I had completely forgotten about the Central Market that never was! And I'm still mourning the loss of Carey Smoot's little grocery shop downtown. I keep thinking that maybe downtown will get a grocery store by the time I'm a little old lady whose driver's license has been pulled by the state...


Comment by Janette McClelland on April 14, 2011 at 2:41pm

I hope this is true. Especially if the restaraunts stay open late enough to attract crowds other than the usual "let's get plastered" crowd that frequents the bars. I am especially hoping the jazz bar that is opening soon does real well. ABQ's jazz scene has faded to the point where only a handful of venues even offer jazz...and those musicians like myself have very few places to not only hear our fellow musicians,let alone get a chance to sit in and play something other than the top 40 crap that frequents the airwaves and every other live music venue here.


Maybe the infusion of new restaraunts and clubs will help clean up Central,Gold and the other streets,so that after 5 PM it won't be the destination of drunky-drunks and homeless and gangbangers. I busk downtown almost every weekend-usually in the Gizmo foyer-and it's hard to really get an audience when the gangbangers and drunky-drunks harass anyone and everyone that comes to listen to what I'm playing. (I'm the girl who plays Coltrane and bop and whatever else I can think of on trombone every weekend,BTW)


Just remember,folks:the last time the local pols wanted to bring "new things" to downtown,it was our previous mayor,who wanted to bring "Hannah Montana" and "family-friendly" events and venues. We all know what happened with that,don't we? But I am keeping my fingers crossed here,and hope that whatever opens up does well.


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