Saturday, August 26, 2017

Downtown Update

Let's visit beautiful downtown Orlando to check-out what's new!
The entire block known as Church Street Station South has been sold to Lincoln Property Group. About the only thing active in buildings in this group houses the restaurant Hamburger Mary's. The rest of the complex includes iconic venues Cheyenne Saloon and the Ballroom at Church Street Station. The latter two can be rented for events but have largely remained dark. We're not sure what plans are for the block but some type of mixed-us development is supposedly coming that includes a hotel and a revamped Church Street station for Sunrail.
Speaking of downtown railroad stations, we're not sure what's going on with Ferg's Depot which is housed in this 1899-era South Florida Railroad (later Atlantic Coast Line) station. They've been closed on weekend nights every time I've walked by this summer. Their website describes activity so perhaps they're back now that school is in session.  They often had offered live music.
Shots Miami is opening Shots Orlando soon. It's at the corner of Magnolia & Pine.
The downtown location of Frank & Steins has closed. One of the few actual sports bars downtown, it was located at the too far away from everything corner of Magnolia & Church.
Lastly, we want to report that the new downtown Walgreens did open for business earlier this summer. It brings some much-needed retail to the CBD. It's not open late though so they don't have to deal with downtown's vagrants that come out at night.  It's located at the corner of Happy & Healthy.

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