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General Food, Dining and Nightlife News
#41
I'm not sure.  The Botanica sign is still on the King St entrance.  I'll have to pop in next time I go by to see what is where.  There's also a new lounge off the lobby, I believe.
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#42
So, I went in to the Crowne Plaza today and the new Aqua restaurant is off the lobby. Looks like a nice space.

I asked the woman at reception what would become of the space formerly occupied by Botanica - she was not sure but thought it would be renovated for "offices".
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#43
It sounds like KW might be home to a new bike shop/cafe in the near future. Unfortunately, details beyond that are scarce. Location could definitely make or break a place like this. It sounds like they're focusing more on urban cycling, but I think a location somewhere like Bridgeport could actually work really well if the access across the parkway were better. Access north and east of Bridgeport is good though, which is key for catching those people looking for a post-ride recovery beer. :-)

http://www.berlinbicyclecafe.com/
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#44
Also, it seems that The Order is finally open as well. Which is to say, they've been open for a month now.
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#45
Nice logo for that Berlin Bicycle Café. It would be nice (or nostalgic) to see it located in Braun's old shop on King St E.
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#46
I was told today that Entertaining Elements/Nash's Bistro/Dinner with the Chef has closed. I know the retail side wasn't working, but I guess the food end of things (which was excellent) wasn't enough to keep things going. I'm sorry to see them go.
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#47
The Matter of Taste coffee kiosk at the Kitchener Central Library has closed following its "test run". My understanding is that the Library will now consider whether or not to install a permanent coffee spot.
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#48
The one time I was going to patronize the coffee kiosk, there was a sign saying "back in 15 minutes". =(
I was so hungry... I was sorely tempted to self-serve a croissant, and leave them some arbitrary amount of cash (as there were no prices listed).
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#49
(01-03-2015, 02:06 PM)panamaniac Wrote: I was told today that Entertaining Elements/Nash's Bistro/Dinner with the Chef has closed.  I know the retail side wasn't working, but I guess the food end of things (which was excellent) wasn't enough to keep things going.  I'm sorry to see them go.

I always felt that Kitchener Downtown wsn't quite ready for an upper end cooking utensils store. Once One Victoria and City Centre open things might be different.
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#50
That seems to be the prevailing view, although sometimes I wonder if Downtown has any future as a retail destination.  With even TBS closing (due to a rent increase, I'm told) it seems like a pretty difficult area for anything other than eateries and offices.  The number of empty store fronts seems, if anything, to be increasing, to the point that I sometimes wonder whether landlords/developers aren't being too ambitious in their rent expectations.

Edit:  Musings more suited to the retail thread, I suppose.
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