I make it to a lot of places in the Niagara Falls tourist district, but sometimes I miss the obvious. A perfect example…
I have been seeing signs around for Sparks Steakhouse, and never paid much attention to them. Then recently, while I was walking along Centre St, I noticed that the Beef Baron was no longer called Beef Baron. It is now Sparks Steakhouse and Maharaja Grand.

The Beef Baron website does not say that it is closed permanently. It says it is closed for renovations.

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I don’t know if I ever ate at Beef Baron, but my parents had, and my father loved it. I’m sure Sparks and Maharaja Grand are both very nice as well.

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Graham on August 30th, 2016

I hadn’t even heard about this until I read this article…

From the Niagara Falls Review:

It was William Kircher’s second visit to Canada.

The New Zealand actor, best known for his role as the dwarf Bifur in the The Hobbit trilogy, was one of the celebrity guests at the inaugural Fan World event held jointly in Niagara Falls, Ont. and Niagara Falls, N.Y.

“I went to a fan convention in Winnipeg. It was a little chilly and grey,” he recalled Saturday as he signed autographs for fans at the Canadian venue at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

“Niagara Falls is fantastic. Such a beautiful place. I’m making my wife jealous right now because she’s still in New Zealand and when you see Niagara Falls, you really should see it with a loved one.”

Kircher enjoys meeting with fans of his work.

“It’s an adventure for me. I travel all over the world.”

Graham on August 30th, 2016

Another in my series on keycards

I found this card on the ground near the Ramada Niagara Falls Fallsview on Stanley Ave. It is a generic Ramada card, not specific to the Niagara Falls location at all.

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Graham on August 30th, 2016

From the Niagara Falls Review:

Council approved an additional $230,000 to complete the first phase of a streetscape project along Victoria Avenue.

The extra expense will come out of the city’s capital holding reserve fund and will address unanticipated intersection work, as well as additional consultant services.

Earlier this year, council entered into a cost-sharing arrangement with the Victoria Centre Business Improvement Association for a $3.8-million revitalization from Highway 420 to Clifton Hill/Centre Street. The city agreed to a strict construction timeline, at the request of the BIA.

Construction began this spring, but stopped during July and August to not disrupt the busy tourism season. Work is scheduled to resume after Labour Day, and is expected to be mostly completed by November.

Graham on August 25th, 2016

From Niagara This Week:

Wayne Thompson got a first-hand look Sunday at delays being experienced by motorists crossing into Canada at the Rainbow Bridge.

“They were lined up for two, three blocks back on both sides,” Thomson said. “It was unbelievable.”

While it took him just 20 minutes to cross into Niagara Falls, N.Y., he faced a 90-minute wait up his return to Canada.

He said that while he holds a NEXUS card and normally would use the Whirpool Bridge to cross into Niagara Falls, N.Y., he was with his grandson, who isn’t a cardholder.

“We had to drive over the Rainbow Bridge and it was loaded,” he said.

From Niagara at Large:

Niagara, Ontario documentary filmmakers Jon Lepp and Stacey Koudys are working on a documentary they are at least tentatively calling ‘The Paradise Project’ about the growing citizens battle to save hundreds of acres of forest, savannah and wetlands known as the Thundering Waters Forest in Niagara Falls.

Here is a quick note of introduction from Jon, followed by the latest installment of the project.

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