Hello Happy Citizens!
We're trying out some new types of content for you over the next
couple months - let us know in the comments or on Facebook/Twitter
whether you find this useful. Today, a quick roundup of what's new
(ish) in local business openings and closings. We figure that our
gaggle of volunteers hears a fair bit about what's on the go
business-wise, and it might be worth pulling this together in one
spot. Got others for us to add to this list?
There are a few notable moves and openings on the go downtown.
The Starbucks in Atlantic Place has closed and moved down the
street to new digs at 351 Water (which is also now home to the St. John's Fish Exchange, (run by the
former Legros and Motti chef) with a rare view of the water from
the tables. Fear not, though, if you were a fan of grabbing a
coffee and mooching the Starbucks wifi to do work in the Atlantic
Place atrium, because
Jumping Bean will be taking it over . That will leave the
existing Jumping Bean (formerly Hava Java) on Water empty and
looking for tenants. Elsewhere downtown,
Fogtown Barbershop will be moving around the corner in the same
building to take over the big, bright Water St. storefront that
used to be occupied by Perfect Day. We also now have a board game
cafe in town, with
Mochanopoly taking over the old Coffee & Company space on
the Bernard Stanley Gastropub has taken over the old Club
Space, and the super-fancy Luxus Hotel and cocktail bar is open
across from Raymond's. Everyone's favourite late-night feed is also
back on the table now that Mustang
Sally's is reopening on Water Street next to the now-closed
The big news outside downtown is that the empty Canadian Tire on
Elizabeth (a frustration to everyone looking for a box of nails in
the centre city) won't be sitting empty much longer -
Piatto has applied for a permit to open a new location there,
Leon's will take some of the rest It's not hardware, but
it's also not empty! That end of town is swiftly developing into a
little mini-downtown (albeit not a very pedestrian-friendly one),
with a big new Jumping Bean and (during the warmer months) the Blue
on Water food truck.
Also outside downtown, the city's range of cuisines has expanded
new Philipino restaurant open on Ropewalk Lane.