Santa and Governor Perdue read a story to children around the Christmas tree on the Capitol grounds. The tree was lit last week.
Most of you probably heard the news yesterday related to City Plaza. For those that did not, it was announced that Jimmy John’s has signed a lease for one of the spaces. From what I know, the Hillsborough St. and Page Rd. locations do pretty well. I think they will honestly kill it during lunch hours and pretty much own it on a nice weather day. If you haven’t been, Jimmy John’s serves pretty good sandwiches and makes them relatively fast so convenience is high. I believe the one near NC State stays open late too so we’ll see if this one does the same when it opens later this year.
Looking to the future of City Plaza, there are still other spaces to fill. The WRAL article claims that there are six total spaces available for restaurants. If all six become food places, then let’s hope there is a nice mix so that all meal hours are properly covered; from breakfast to late-night. It would be a shame for out of town visitors walking out of the nearby hotels to see an inactive “city center”.
Anyway, I’m actually really looking forward to City Plaza. Anyone’s first visit to Fayetteville St. can tell that there is some significance there and this plaza should make it feel like the center of all the activity on the street.
Coming soon: Manhattan Cafe and more sidewalks on this block of Wilmington St. I’ve always thought that one way traffic and construction is holding this street back. This block will have to deal with The Edison construction soon but overall, Wilmington St. seems to be getting a facelift.
Here are some pictures from the weekend long Artsplosure event in downtown Raleigh. This was the 29th straight year the event has been held.