Downtown Reno and Midtown Breaking News
Only the most hardcore Reno natives would know that the Siena, back when it was the Holiday Hotel, actually opened up in 1958 WITHOUT a casino. It was a non-gaming hotel on the river, and the casino was only added later. Hotels like Harrah's downtown are casinos with a hotel added on, but the Holiday was a hotel first, with a casino added on.
Since 1999, the casino has literally not made a dime of money. I don't need a 'source' to tell me this, it's painfully obvious when you visit the Siena on a Friday or Saturday.
Yet, during the weekends, esepcially in the summer, the hotel portion often comes close to selling out.
So, it wasn't necessarily shocking when I learned from an unnamed source that Fernando Leal, developer of the Montage and CommRow (now Whitney Peak Hotel) has bought the Siena.1 May 2015
SculptureFest Brings 3 Days and Nights of Art and Music to downtown Reno. Click the read more button to learn more about this event, the artists, and the five late-night afterparties surrounding the event.6 May 2015
Check out photos of the cozy Cottage Row at Midtown. I say cozy because the homes are as close together as they are in my neighborhood! That's not a bad thing, of course, as long as you get along with your neighbors.7 May 2015
With all the buzz about the Siena possibly becoming a Marriott, we can't forget about the other Marriott. Ground work and floodwall reinforcement looks to be nearly complete, with foundation work beginning.7 May 2015
Permit sniffer and good friend Mike McGonagle told me that S3 Renovation Investors, i.e. Blake Smith who recently built the Starbucks on Virginia Street downtown, and is constructing the Cov and an unnamed project on Sinclair and Stewart, has snatched up the lot on 2nd and Lake, where the half-built Waterfront Sales Office sits.
It would be sweet if he built some kind of mixed use live-work units in this spot.8 May 2015
Good Luck MacBeth will be hosting a fabulous bazaar this weekend to help keep their doors open and continue to offer great plays and musicals for Midtown and beyond. Stop by and purchase something cool!20 May 2015
This year, Reno Street Food will once again begin hosting the popular events at Idlewild Park starting this Friday, May 22 from 5 PM to 9 PM. This is a free event open to the public.20 May 2015
The "Jack Bacon" building, located at 516 South Virginia, the terminus of California Avenue at Virginia Street, has been purchased by the former owners of Little House On Center Street, Alex and Esmeralda Long, and will become a restaurant with a focus on seafood, hopefully by August 1st.21 May 2015