It’s taken 6 months, but we’re very close to opening a new venue in the downtown space, formerly occupied by the restaurant, Eat Good Food. I’ve covered this issue in previous posts, and Middblog has the latest news (see the Dec 28th entry) and a link to a recent story in the Addison Independent describing the program, which includes three parts:
A bar/lounge on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.
Town/gown collaborations on weekday afternoons (art shows, performances, lectures, student org meetings, social activities for local teens, etc.).
A limited retail operation, featuring some College wares (for instance, faculty books, student a cappella cds), and . . . a chocolate bar.
The chocolate bar is new to the mix. We’re planning to sell a limited selection of chocolates—international and local—as well as beverages—coffees, tea, and hot chocolate—to go with them. The chocolate bar would operate during the day, and bring people into the venue on a regular basis for sweet stuff and caffeine, and to hang out.
We’re working now on furnishing the space—refinishing the floors and buying furniture. Flexibility is important, and atmosphere and ambience are key. We’re thinking intimate and upscale, hip and vibey.
But we need a name that captures the spirit of the place. Right now, we’re calling it 51 Main Street (yes, that’s the address), which is pretty pedestrian (if you will pardon the pun).
So consider this an official call for another name. In fact, let’s call it a contest. Post your suggestion as to what the place should be called, and we’ll choose a new name from the list of contenders. And the winner will get . . . some chocolate.
The competition will stay open until the end of Winter Term.