Category: Niagara Falls Developments

Buddhist museum opens in Niagara Falls

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From CHCH TV (includes video):

Hundreds of people turned out for the grand opening of the Buddhist museum. The first in North America and located right in the heart of Niagara Falls.

The 7 storey museum contains relics and artifacts from all over South East Asia and has over two thousand years of Buddhist culture waiting to be shared.

Niagara Speedway go-kart track progress update

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Now that many of the new operations on Clifton Hill/Victoria Avenue are open, I guess the next big thing is going to be the Niagara Speedway go-kart track. There used to be banners up on the fencing that showed that it was a go-kart track, but now it is just blank. I’ve actually had a few people ask me if it was a water slide.

There has been no official word on when it will open, but there still seems to be a lot of work to be done. However, they are still working and making progress. Yesterday I noticed that new red railing was up along the track.

Niagara Falls Days Inn to unveil new ‘sky suites’

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From the Buffalo News:

A downtown Niagara Falls hotel will unveil the results of a six-month-long makeover of its top floor Thursday.

The Days Inn at the Falls, 443 Main St., will show off four Diamond Sky Suites and 16 premium guest rooms on the eighth floor, in space that previously was a banquet room. The new rooms and suites increase the Days Inn’s room total to 188, said Maggie Barnett, director of e-commerce and marketing.

WildPlay Whirlpool Adventure Course opens in Niagara Falls, Ont.

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From the Buffalo News:

WildPlay Whirlpool Adventure Course to Niagara, a new outdoor adventure attraction, opens June 16.

The course will provide visitors with new ways to interpret and experience the Niagara Gorge, Niagara Glen and Whirlpool Rapids, said Janice Thomson, chairwoman of the Niagara Parks Commission. It includes aerial obstacles and ziplines securely suspended above the Gorge and Whirlpool.

RITA’S ITALIAN ICE AWARDS AREA DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT FOR GREATER TORONTO AREA (GTA) CANADA

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From a press release seen on EIN News:

RITA’S ITALIAN ICE AWARDS AREA DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT FOR Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Canada

Rita’s Expands to Ontario with Three Stores Opening in June 2017

Calgary Alberta: July 12, 2017: Rita’s Italian Ice, the world’s largest Italian Ice concept with over 650 stores, announced it has awarded franchise and area development agreements for the Greater Toronto Area and Niagara Falls, to Cool Rita’s of GTA and Falls Inc, owned by Punit Choski and his partners who are long-time entrepreneurs and have previous franchise experience. As Rita’s expands in Canada, plans call for 30 stores to be developed in Ontario over eight years. The first Canadian location opened in Hamilton in May with the next locations planned for Niagara Falls and College Street Toronto, June 2017. According to Punit Choski, the company plans on developing Niagara Falls and Toronto with Company owned stores and sub-franchising the remaining areas of the territory.

Walking Tour of new food outlets and attractions on Clifton Hill

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On Saturday I walked along Victoria Avenue and then into the new Clifton Hill Courtyard to show the work that has been done. As I mention in the video, it is hard to believe there used to be a hotel there!
Anyway, if you haven’t had a chance to come down to the Falls yet, then check out the video. You can see some of the work that is going on around the Niagara Speedway go-kart track, see the Kelsey’s patio, the new Zombie Attack attraction, the new games building and more.

Some of the new operations on Clifton Hill are open

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On Friday many of the new operations on Clifton Hill opened for the first time. It looks like the only thing that is NOT open is the go-kart track.

Right behind Kelsey’s is the new Zombie Attack attraction. It is a motion simulator (similar to the one in the Great Canadian Midway) that also has a great interactive shooting feature. You shoot zombies. I’ve had a chance to go on it once, and it was a lot of fun. I was very impressed.

Beside Zombie Attack and right behind Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium are a couple of new food outlets. They have the look of carnival/fair food trucks. They sell pizza, hot dogs, French fries, milk shakes, pop, funnel cakes, ice cream cones, Dippin’ Dots and more. I’ve had a funnel cake, and it was delicious. I’ve also tried the pizza and it was decent.

Across from Zombie Attack, Funnel Cakes and Hot Dogs & Pizza is the new Speedway Game Zone. This is essentially an extension of the Great Canadian Midway. There are a bunch of games, a redemption counter along with some washrooms.

Here are some pictures of the new operations…

Twisted Olives restaurant opens in Niagara Falls hotel

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From the Buffalo News:

A new restaurant opened two weeks ago in the Wingate by Wyndham Niagara Falls, a hotel on Rainbow Boulevard.

Twisted Olives, 333 Rainbow Blvd., boasts some of the roomiest patios downtown, with a total of 135 feet of patios stretching along two sides of the building.

Despite its hotel location, the restaurant has so far drawn many Niagara Falls residents, said Kristen Clark, managing partner.

Consultant hired to study feasibility of events center in Niagara Falls

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From the Buffalo News:

A Minneapolis consulting firm, Conventions, Sports & Leisure International, has been hired to study the feasibility of a sports and events facility for the City of Niagara Falls.

The consultant has been directed to deliver the report by Oct. 1, according to Samuel M. Ferraro, Niagara County economic development commissioner. The $113,000 cost will be split equally among the county, city and state.

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