Some recent business news from Westport continues to dispel the fear that the Power & Light District would kill Westport. P&L actually turned out to be a giant vacuum cleaner that sucked up all the duders, tanorexics, and striped shirts, leaving Westport to recreate itself as less of a party destination and more of a well-rounded urban neighborhood.
The Beer Kitchen has joined McCoy’s, The Foundry, and The Riot Room in an emerging beer culture cluster.
Blayney’s is being reborn as The Union of Westport, another neighborhoody bar built by and for Midtowners.
Two businesses have filled up much of the old Loma Vista Hardware building.
Art of Pizza’s second location is off to a great start and their neighbor Westport Cafe is thriving.
The Olive Cafe will soon push some positive activity northward along Broadway, bridging some of the void between The Gusto Lounge and Westport proper.
A wine bar is rumored for the south end of Penn Ave down by Shine Spa.
At this point there are only a few big opportunities left to seize, including the old Starbucks and Corner Restaurant spots on opposite corners of Westport and Broadway. And the old Chilli’s/Bagel & Bagel strip mall presents a tremendous mixed-use redevelopment opportunity.