As the first month of 2017 passes quickly, State Street continues to ebb and flow with the promise of a huge burst of vitality by the end of the year … if all goes as planned.
On the horizon is the anticipated completion of the La Entrada development at the south end of State Street. The opening of the Californian Hotel and a number of retail businesses in the area will transform the once-derelict portion of State Street into a new age. A new eatery run by the folks at Los Agaves is supposed to open soon at 119 State St. However, permits and other issues for opening businesses don’t always happen on schedule.
Another example of that issue is the stalled opening of Satellite, the wine bar and café at Impact Hub, 1117 State St. Permitting issues have stalled its opening, which was supposed to be last fall, but has been delayed until maybe March. Moxi, the new museum near the train tracks on State Street, also is stalled from opening until the spring because of permits.
Meanwhile, four empty storefronts can be seen on the 1200 block of State Street at 1233, 1226, 1221 and 1207. At 1207 State St., which was a second-hand shop, a notice was posted that the empty space was in violation of city plumbing and electrical permits.
Down the street, Aldo’s Italian Restaurant is closed for remodeling, even though some passers-by think it might be shuttered for good because a “For Lease” sign hangs on the front of the building. The sign refers to an upstairs office sublet. Across the street, the Palazzio’s restaurant space remains closed with no sign of re-opening anytime soon.
As reported earlier, the Macy’s in Paseo Nuevo is closing this year. That’s a big retail space to fill back up with its three levels. Nearby, at 819 State St., Swarovski jewelry store has closed somewhat abruptly. Never really saw many people in that shop. That’s the third jewelry shop on State Street to close in the past few months. Churchill’s and Gauthier’s shut down recently.
Moving down the street, 807 State St. is vacant as is 733 State St. and the former Gandolfo’s at 718 State St. Also vacant for several years now is the corner space at State and Ortega streets.
Around the State Street corridor, Kernohan’s Toys will be closing after 62 years at 18 W. Anapamu St. Isabella Gourmet Foods, 5 E. Figueroa St., is closing but maintains a pop-up shop at the Honey B, a restaurant atop Antioch University at Cota and Anacapa streets. American Ale, a pub that served American food and craft beer, closed at 14 E. Cota St. And, Caffe Primo, 516 State St., has closed.
On the brighter side, a craft brew company, Night Lizard Brewing Co. Plans to open soon at 607 State St. And at the former Hungry Cat site, Bar 29 will open soon under the supervision of the people who run Whiskey Richards, 435 State St., and the Sportsman, 20 W. Figueroa St.