As mentioned in yesterday's post, ILFA would love to see a small-business incubator in the neighborhood, but even without one, new places are sprouting like mushrooms along the Avenue. Today's walk to the train took me by three new spots that will be opening in the near future. From top to bottom (photos):
- Chavella's new location on Franklin is looking lovely, with a fresh coat of paint and some wrought-iron window screens. For those of you with a penchant for peeking through construction fences, take a look - the interior looks gorgeous, too - high ceilings, tile, and a long bar.
- The new Thai place next to the Laundromat at Franklin and Park, Sweet Basil (which doesn't seem to be affiliated with the Woodside restaurant of the same name), has its signage up and looks well on its way to completion. For those still miffed about the illegal tactics the landlord used to bring a pawn shop to Park Place, it's worth noting that this is one of his properties (along with the laundromat next door). The owners of the Thai place likely didn't know what they were getting into (and may well have signed the lease before the pawn shop situation blew up last October), and I don't know the current status of the boycott called by the CHCA and others, but I figured I'd put the information out there. Anyone know anything more regarding this place/the boycott?
- Finally, 666 Franklin, which will be a high-end nail salon, was looking shiny and new this morning (from what I've heard through the grapevine, they're slated to open in a few weeks - check back here and at the Franklin Avenue Merchants website for more info).