ProJo: $7-million Arcade revival taking shape

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Seven months after unveiling a plan to transform the landmark Arcade building into a mix of retail and loft apartments, the owner of America’s oldest indoor mall says the project is taking shape. Evan Granoff, of 130 Westminster Street Associates LLC, says four “unique” restaurants and 14 other small retail shops may occupy the first floor of the 1828 granite …

Capital Center area dining

In Buildings, Retail by Jef Nickerson19 Comments

Panera at Providence Place looks ready to open any minute now. All the furniture is in, all the signs are up. I know I said that I don’t really care for Panera, but I actually wished it was open when I was there yesterday. I was feeling a little peckish. Rumors have been swirling about the prime restaurant spot at …

News & Notes

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Café Life, PDX Style: Recreating the Euro Bar Nothing symbolizes the singular nature of European public life more than the ubiquitous neighborhood bar – a place where people of all ages gather for a variety of food and libations, including coffee, alcohol, ice cream and maybe a local delicacy or two such as anchovies or squid. Such establishments, also known …

Jake’s 2.0?

In Retail Updates by Jef Nickerson4 Comments

I used to love Jake’s in the Jewelry District and was so sad when it closed. So I was very happy today to see lots of work taking place in at the building today, inside and out. Anyone know the scoop? Is Jake’s coming back? Will there be cheesy fries and Prince on the jukebox?

News & Notes

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Providence office vacancy rates rise [Providence Business News] Blue Cross move to new HQ opens up space downtown Providence Restaurant Weeks [GoProvidence] Safe passing in RI: Frank’s Law [Car-Free in PVD] FAA chooses runway plan for Green [ProJo] Subway on the Street [New York Magazine] The MTA has a simple, not very expensive ticket for improving how the city gets …

Notes from the DNA

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I’m on the Downtown Neighborhood Alliance mailing list and received their minutes from their last meeting today. Below are some items of interest from those minutes. Parking lot formerly known as the Providence Public Safety Complex. Once the former Police and Fire Station was demolished, certain promises were made on how to beautify and treat the land in the time …