One of the reasons my wife and I moved to our neighborhood was because of the promise of Broadway auto row. There were tons of vacant storefronts and whether the Broadway-Valdez planning process moved forward or not, we were confident that more and more of these vacant spaces would fill up with bars, restaurants and retail.
We knew we were in it for the long haul and this process could take years so when I saw this sign on a storefront just two blocks from our house back in October (in the midst of super stressful campaign season) I literally jumped up and down:
There are many places to get drinks near my house, all a relatively brief walk away. But the only restaurant or bar of any kind within 5 blocks of my house is the Drunken Fish sushi restaurant. It’s an excellent restaurant and we eat there a lot, but we’ve been hoping for a new spot to open that we could walk to within a couple minutes. This bar or whatever it was going to be, no matter how great or mediocre, would fulfill this desire.
Every time I passed 30th and Broadway, I checked to see if any progress had been made, but in November and December it still looked the same:
In January real progress was being made. The paper and graffiti came off the windows, construction was going on inside, and lights were put up. I started asking friends who work for the City if they knew anything about the time line but nobody knew when they would open. I looked online to see if there was a website or Yelp page, but found nothing.
In early February (or maybe late January?), they put their sign up, and I felt both excited and annoyed. Excited because it was clear they’d be open soon, annoyed because of the total lack of creativity of their name:
Are restaurant and bar owners so uncreative that they can’t come up with names for their businesses? 2022, Bar 355, and now 3000 Broadway. Ugh, I hope this trend ends soon.
But even though the name annoyed me, I still checked in almost daily on their progress, soon seeing bottles behind the bar and workers milling about inside. I checked again with friends at the City – still, no word on the opening date.
Yesterday, on my way back from Rockridge I hopped off the bus and saw someone walk in to 3000 Broadway. I then noticed an open sign. This time I didn’t jump up and down, but I was very excited. I needed to get home so I didn’t go inside but I’ll be sure to check it out this week. Finally, another super local place to grab a drink and a bite to eat. Plus, evidence that Broadway will continue to develop on its own, whether the specific plan moves ahead or not.