More information is coming to light about the new restaurant going in West Street Market. Spearheaded by Larry Dunning, formerly of Sezmu (now closed), the restaurant will be very different from Sezmu, yet carry the same high quality that made Sezmu famous with the inside-MacCarran crowd. According to their Facebook page, it's described as "simple, non-region specific, market driven, consumer conscious, quick and tasty food in a bowl."
Sup has moved into their new larger and lovelier space just a block north from their old location. Check out a photo or two below. They have a new 1,000 sf outdoor dining deck, and plenty of interior space too. Though it was a fun concept to share my table with strangers at the old locale', I am stoked about the larger digs. I'm also a big fan of adaptive re-use projects, particularly ones that reuse the historic bungalow homes in this area. Their new address is 669 S. Virginia St. Web Site. If you are visiting us from another city, I strongly recommend walking the 6 blocks or so from downtown Reno to check out Sup and their amazing collection of soups and salads. My favorite? The chicken caesar salad. It has the perfect combination of chicken, lemon, homemade caesar dressing and other salad goodies to keep me coming back at least once a week for this delicious masterpiece.
Elsewhere downtown, Campo construction is well under way inside the Palladio condo tower on Sierra Street. Their pizza oven was shipped from Naples, Italy a week or so ago. The more details that leak out, the more excited I am about this restaurant, from the windowed prep area overlooking North Sierra Street to the pizza ingredients and equipment certified by Neapolitan pizza authorities. Check out this photo from their Facebook page of the HVAC being installed.
The Montage is leading the way in condominium sales in Reno with 25 closed deals in the last quarter and 44 thus far in 2011, more than any other project in Reno. They have 126 condos sold thus far, roughly 1/3rd of the building, including a Rowhouse that recently sold for over $200,000. Given that all the units have been cash-only sales, no financing available (as of yet), this could be Reno's only foreclosure-less building! Ha. While the absorption rate has been painfully slow, the building is gradually filling up, and the resident pool parties are to die for.
If you haven't heard or aren't aware, the Chocolate Bar is moving to Divine Ultra Lounge's old location just north of the movie theater, at 95 North Sierra Street. The have an official 'Coming Soon' soon now in the window of Divine. It's too bad Divine couldn't make it. It was one of the first 'Ultra Lounges' downtown, with plush decor and a swank two-level layout. I predict this new location will be schweet for Chocolate Bar. I wonder how much of the decor will change?
Something New in Former Port of Subs Location?
If all of this wasn't enough downtown activity for you, I noticed some renovation going on in the former Port of Subs location, across from Java Jungle on First Street. The windows are heavily tinted but upon peeking in I saw lots of woodwork going on. There's also a notice on the door (that has been there forever, since before Port of Subs closed) mentioning an alcohol permit. Perhaps a new bar? I haven't seen any permits come through the woodwork yet, so we'll see. It could also be that the building owners are removing the last of the Port of Subs infrastructure in preparation to try to lease the space.
The Reno Aces are still going strong, and 9,018 showed up to Saturday's game.
Burn Cards, one of my favorite local blogs, produced a nice write up on the Never Ender in MidTown.
The BumbleBlooms I reported on previously is now open! Nothing complements a downtown like a locally owned florist. They provide custom floral, wedding, prom, and sympathy arrangements as well as unique plants, dish-gardens, gourmet chocolates, food and gift baskets, plant containers, balloons, novelty gifts, and party favors. Web Site.