Well, we can kiss James North goodbye, now that this was printed in the Spec. The local NIMBYs who run the show at City Hall will be sure that this new wave of investment is halted in its tracks before there is any "Hess on James".
Don't local entrepreneurs know by now? You're allowed to open seedy bar after seedy bar on Barton Street with nightly fights, arrests and general alcohol abuse, but don't dare try to open a cool licensed cafe downtown or the NIMBYs will be all over you.
Of course, I'm being tongue in cheek. This is a great news story about James North:
[The Brain owner Brad] Chichakian's grand scheme is to help create a new bar district in town. Some of the elements are beginning to come together, including final negotiations for a licenced My Dog Joe to take over the ground floor of next door's Hotel Hamilton.
Two weeks ago, Chichakian bought the nearby Ricca Furniture store where he hopes to open a licenced cafe. "I believe this is going to be a more interesting stretch than Hess Village, with a more discerning clientele."
I can only hope that the Locke Street NIMBYs stay in the west side of downtown and let James evolve into an awesome urban hub with dining, culture and attractions for every taste. Maybe even - gasp - patios!
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