First Street apartments rented fast
All nine apartments in the historic Manly Building at 401-403 First St. have already been rented by owner JGB Properties.
The new windows facing First Street look fine, so everything's just about ready for Freedom of Espresso, which will open a coffee shop on the 1,520-square-foot first floor. The Syracuse-based caf chain owned by John and Anna Dobbs already does business at four Central New York locations.
The apartment tenants, who are paying between $900 and $1,200 monthly to live in the one-bedroom, one-bathroom spaces, should begin moving in any day now.
The landmark brick structure which dates back to the Civil War when businessman William Manly started building it, recently underwent $1.8 million in renovations.
Vindication for Gardenview
In his Sept. 1 Quick Bites column, Post-Standard Food & Drink Editor Don Cazentre listed results from the daily's online poll of our favorite diners, and - low and behold! - The Gardenview Diner, 650 Old Liverpool Road, finished a strong second to Mother's Cupboard in Eastwood.
Three Old Liverpool Road diners - The Gardenview, Reggie's and The American Diner - had been rudely overlooked in the Aug. 18 Post-Standard presentation of a Syracuse University Newhouse School of Communications multi-media project headlined "The Dish on Diners."
But now, the people have spoken!
"I don't mind not being Number One whenever they have those Best of Syracuse contests," said Gardenview co-owner Nick Ionnides said, "but at least I like to be thought of."