Ask Evansville Business Magazine: Downtown Development

What is being built at 217-219 Main St. between Rogers Academy of Hair Design and Shing-Lee Chinese Restaurant?

Construction by Evansville-based Empire Contractors began on the empty lot in January 2021 under the direction of the building’s owner, John Campbell. Campbell is the co-founder and executive vice president of Campbell Energy in Carmi, Illinois, and a recent transplant to Downtown Evansville. When completed in early 2022, the building will serve as his personal office and residence.

Is the Loft on 6th being renovated?

The Loft on 6th is a short-term rental living space on the second floor of the L.E. Long building at 18-20 N.W. Sixth St. Dating to 1903, the building is getting an exterior facelift and being renovated for a ground floor commercial space that Market Retail Partners managing partner Kevin Fulton says will be filled by a new restaurant.

Is Calle Baja Street Fare still opening in the Bitterman Building on Main Street?

Announced in March 2021, Calle Baja Street Fare is still planned to open at 200 Main St. Josh Tudela, owner of the Bitterman Building and the restaurant — which will serve Mexican street food — says there is no set timeline on the restaurant’s opening. Also home to Parlor Doughnuts’ headquarters on the third floor, the main floor of the building was rumored to be the site of the next local Parlor storefront, but Tudela says these plans have changed.

Tudela, who also owns COMFORT by the Cross-Eyed Cricket, announced another new dining venture farther down Main Street in the former Arazu restaurant at 415 Main St. Again, there is no set timeline for the yet-to-be-named steak and seafood concept, but Tudela hopes to add to the building’s character with new lighting and paint, wallpaper, and a balcony on the side of the building approved by the city.

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