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Good news for downtown

October 1, 2008

Wall Street might be all doom and gloom, but Washington Street has more than its share of good news. As big businesses in big cities seize up, local businesses in the DTO announce ambitious plans for expansion.

601 City Center started construction with a groundbreaking party this week, to which the neighbors were rudely disinvited. But starting construction brings completing construction closer!

The very successful Trappist Belgian beer salon is expanding their gorgeous but cramped bar in Old Oakland. Also in the Old O, Levende Lounge’s partners are looking to open another bar nearby, and an art gallery has taken up temporary residence (just on First Fridays) between arty furniture gallery FiveTen Studio and Verse, seller of psychedelic sneakers.

Life is returning to the alley that was once 13th Street between Jefferson and MLK. The large condo project is under construction once again, and a café has returned to the City Cup space across from the Federal Building. The owner of City Cup plans to build a bar and grill next door to open early next year, eventually to be open on the weekends once the condos are complete.

An automated, multilingual low-cost pharmacy opens to great fanfare in Chinatown.

Have I told you guys yet that Bakesale Betty leased the old Broadway Grand sales office on Franklin Square across from Luka’s? They totally did. According to Mr. Betty, the new location will allow an expanded selection of baked goods and more space for customers in the original Temescal locale.