Urban Outfitters to open Aug. 19 in Armory Square

But Mankiewicz is quick to point out that the addition is a give and take.

"I think we can also say that Armory Square is going to be good for Urban Outfitters, too," he said, "It's a great environment for them to come into."

Not the only new kid on the block

When Urban Outfitters unleashes its hipster-cool onto Syracuse next month, just as students are flooding back in for fall semester, it will join the ranks of more than a dozen new businesses in Syracuse.

La Taqueria, on Clinton St., opened for business Monday July 12 and didn't even have time for a soft opening.

John Vigliotti, who co-owns La Taq with his father Frank, estimated the tex-mex joint had served upwards of 250 customers Monday, thanks in large part to a lunch crowd with a big appetite.

"And we didn't even advertise -- we didn't hand out one menu (prior to opening)," Vigliotti said.

John and Frank Vigliotti are no strangers to the food business. Frank opened Franco's Pizza in Camillus in the 1980s, and since then the family has added Peppino's Pizza and Dolce Vita to its repertoire.

The progress in Armory Square is exciting, as is Urban Outfitters' arrival, John said.

"I'm extremely happy they're moving here, it's going to be an incredible draw," he said.

Life after UO

Restaurants are often recognized as the first sign of a rebounding economy, but the slew of new eateries may soon be followed by more big-name retail interest.

According to Mankiewicz, while Urban Outfitters representatives were shopping for the right Syracuse space, they hinted that a group of seven or eight other national retail chains typically show interest in the areas UO chooses to set up shop -- they let Urban test the waters first -- though the reps wouldn't drop any names.

Want to help drive development downtown?

"It's really all about where you choose to spend your dollars." Mankiewicz said, whether its dining, shopping or enjoying cultural opportunities.

"Support them. Support them, support them -- they're new and we want to keep them."

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