Coming soon, a rumor come true--the new Pier 76, 76 Bay Street, St. George, offering "Darts, live music, sporting events, specialty pizza, fresh seafood," according to the signage on the awning above the entrance.
AN OLD NAME GETS AN UPDATE
When we arrived in St. George in 1977, there were a handful of small, independently owned restaurants on the North Shore that didn't survive beyond the early 1980s.
These were middlebrow eateries that served straightforward meals with no pretensions, frills or highprices. Among others, there was the Brighton Lounge on Brighton Avenue and the Lido on lower Victory Boulevard, both Italian restaurants; the Kopper Cettle (cute, huh?) on Cary Avenue near Clove Road; and Pier 76, then a seafood restaurant on Bay Street near Slosson Terrace.
Interestingly, Pier 76 was one of the first to close its doors in the early 1980s and now appears to be the first to return. I've been following the rumors surrounding the ongoing renovation of the space, which now appears close to completion.
A DESTINATION DEVELOPING?
When I took this picture--on a hot Sunday afternoon in late July--I had just passed Steiny's, a small, recently refurbished bar on nearby Hyatt Street, where there were smokers congregated outside and people strolling up and down nearby streets. You could hardly have described the street as crowded, but it wasn't the usual Sunday ghost-town, either.
With the Every Thing Goes Book Cafe, Cargo, Pier 76, Karl's Klipper, Steiny's, Beso and Ruddy & Dean open, It's at least possible that a small weekend scene may be able to develop, fueled by tourists off the boat, shoppers at the various Every Thing Goes stores, and local diners and imbibers.
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