Author: Lonny

    Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse Opening soon!


    As part of the massive Hilton expansion, a few new restaurants are also being added into the mix. Romano’s Macaroni Grill opened earlier this summer, and a sign just went up for the new Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse. No shortage of places to eat up in this tourist district now.

    Brasa Steakhouse

    New IHOP Now open


    The new IHOP, which was mentioned recently in another posting’s comments, is now open. This is located at the Fallsview Plaza Hotel on Fallsview Blvd. I wonder if the second image below is where the new Dave & Busters will be located?



    Proposed Hotel/Residential Condo development


    As was first mentioned by Drafty about three weeks ago and posted here, there is an application regarding a proposed Official Plan policy to permit a future mixed use residential condominium/hotel development on the lands  of the former Loretto Educational Centre building. The proposal is consisting of 3 buildings with heights between 32 and 57 storeys and the Loretto to be restored and incorporated into the development. Below is a rough rendering image found on the Niagara Falls City Website.


    Discover Queen Street during Springlicious

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    From the Niagara Falls Review

    Last year, over 35,000 people were re-introduced to a revamped Queen Street during the inaugural Springlicious festival.

    “It was a big surprise,” said Don Weaver, owner of GPS Pursuits and chairman of Celebrate Old Downtown which is the special events wing of the downtown business association.

    “We didn’t realize there were that many local people out there who were still interested in seeing Queen Street.”

    Twelve months after the original Springlicious, the downtown core has continued to evolve and organizers are optimistic the festival’s return will once again revitalize the area.

    The second annual beer, wine and food festival will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

    Progress on the new Convention Center

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    A couple of weeks ago they erected the crane on the job site of the new Niagara Convention & Civic Center and have been making steady progress on the foundation of the building. They are also working in the back of the property on the parking lot that will enter off Dunn Street.



    The Seneca is Back


    From the Niagara Falls Review

    Seneca Theater Rendering


    Close to 15 years after the curtain closed, the Seneca Theatre is back in business this week.

    And it took a savvy group of gypsies to pull it off.

    For nearly a year, Gypsy Theatre owners John Dalingwater and Bernadette Feeney have been transforming the abandoned former movie house into the city’s newest live theatre venue.

    The pay-off comes Thursday, when the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic Cats starts a four-week run, and a huge part of Queen Street’s revitalization gets underway.

    “I really feel part of a community on this street,” says Feeney, who started Gypsy Theatre with husband John 20 years ago in Fort Erie.

    “I truly believe (it will thrive). And the reason I believe that with all my heart is that every single business person (here) has passion for what they’re doing.

    “Because you enjoy what you’re doing, you put more into it.”

    The theatre is one of several Queen Street properties owned by Historic Niagara Development Inc., who have put just over $1 million into extensive renovations.

    Notice of Public Meeting


    Regular contributor Drafty had mentioned here, that he saw in the Review on Saturday a notice of application for zoning change for redevelopment of the Loretto Academy property on June 8, 2009. The Public Notice board reads: ( To Permit a future mixed use residential condominium/hotel development on the land, consisting of 3 buildings with heights between 32 to 57 stories).

    Public Notice

    New Bowling Pin sign up and running!

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    This new bowling pin sign is attached to the same tower that had the temperature displayed on it, (as was discussed here). The new sign now flashes each letter white in a downward streamline. It kind of has a nice 50’s nostalgic look to it!



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