After time away for tending to business, Volunteer Hoosier is back:
Seeking a Second Source
I, for one, am not prepared to accept the proposition put forward in today's Tribune that New Albany's downtown will "never again be the commercial center of Floyd County."
However, revitalization awaits and the renaissance sputters in fits and starts. It is time for local government to put down its marker. With elections looming in the county this year, and the city next, voters should know where each relevant official and candidate stands on the issue of restoring downtown.
Unfortunately, it’s all not good news. VH briefly charts the current status of three downtown businesses, with one (perhaps) closing, another moving and a third, the dormant Bistro New Albany, still waiting to open after an unexpected illness knocked its owner out of the box prior to the anticipated February inaugural.
But wait -- BNA’s fortunes may have taken a positive turn with news that a local restaurant professional (Sullivan culinary; Fourth Street Live managerial) is negotiating to buy into the restaurant, and plans to partner in a yet undiclosed way with original chef David Clancy. Word is they hope to open the doors in mid-April.
Admittedly, firm information is lacking, and yet NAC’s sources are credible, so our fingers are crossed.