A new restaurant opened up recently beside Macs on Ferry St. In the past it was a fortune teller location, but was normally closed and boarded up. It has been renovated and looks quite nice now. It is called Potato Jackets
This is a continuation of my “Best of Access Niagara” series. This series looks back on popular posts, highly commented posts, my favourite places, etc.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum (now call an Odditorium) has been in Niagara Falls for many, many years. When I first went, I really enjoyed it, but then it seemed to go a decade or more without almost any improvement. However, about a year and a half ago it closed for a full renovation, and reopened last May. What a difference! It is a tremendous attraction now. We visited last June after it had been open for a month or so, and were very impressed. Previously it had been much more like a museum, where you just stand and look/read. Now it is almost entirely interactive. There are things to stand beside, boxes to fit into, valves to turn, buttons to press, things to look through, and more.
Probably the most important thing is that my kids loved it. Every so often when they go past the attraction they ask when we should go again. If you’ve been before but haven’t been for a while, or if you’ve never been at all, I highly recommend it.
I won’t get into all of the details again, but you can read about our visit in the post I put up about our trip. It includes pictures.
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At the same time that the Murray Hill Starbucks was being renovated, the one inside the Skylon Tower was also being renovated. It has now reopened.
The former Spuds Hot Dogs and Sweets & Treats under Boston Pizza on Clifton Hill have been renovated. The hot dog part seems to be gone now.
From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:
Work is underway to restore the Hotel Niagara in Niagara Falls, NY. The project has gotten some press lately. Now a report in this week’s Business First takes an in-depth look.
Developer Harry Stinson is tackling the $24 million renovation. Some say it is a major piece of rebuilding downtown Niagara Falls.
From Niagara This Week:
Staff at the Radisson Hotel and Suites Fallsview are feeling pretty good these days.
That’s because the hotel has been honoured with a pair of company awards — The 2011 President’s Award and 2011 Renovation Award.
The President’s Award is presented to properties that achieved top scores in guest satisfaction as measured by guest feedback for cleanliness and consistency in meeting (and often exceeding) the brand’s product quality standards.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
After years of pouring foundations for many of the hotels in the fallsview area, Alfredo Costabile decided he wanted a hotel of his own. So, the owner of Alfidome Construction bought two side-by-side properties and went to work.
“I have two girls and I thought this might be something good to leave for them,” he said.
Costabile’s Canop Investments Inc. bought the Stanley Motor Inn and the neighbouring Fallsview Inn near the corner of Stanley Ave. and Robinson St.
The former has been torn down and will be used for parking and possible future development. The latter, which had been a five-storey, 65-room hotel, was gutted.
From WNED-AM 970 NEWS:
On one side of Niagara Falls, state parks need $85 million in repairs while on the Ontario side millions of dollars are going into renovation of Old Fort Erie and the Laura Secord House.
WNED’s Mike Desmond talked with the Chairwoman of the Niagara Parks Commission, Fay Booker, about the difference.
This year, the commission will spend around $100 million (Canadian) on its capital and operating budgets, serving millions of visitors from Fort Erie to Niagara-on-the-Lake.
The Ontario agency is set up to pay for itself by raising money and keeping it.
From the Buffalo News:
An 88-year-old domed theater on Main Street that has survived disco, heavy metal and “Girls Gone Wild” has a new life after a two-year, $1.8 million renovation that restored many of its original features.
The building at 1711 Main St. will reopen this weekend as the Rapids Theatre, after undergoing extensive work to undo decades of decay that set in when it operated as a nightclub and late-night concert venue.
Sometime last year the Happy Wanderer on Stanley Avenue (across from the new Hilton expansion) closed it doors and was taken over by the bank. A company/team was then put together to try and bring this place back to life with interior upgrades, in the hopes of rejuvenating this establishment. Unfortunately the bank canceled the project and recently put the building up for sale.