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Another downtown watering hole bites the dust...Easy Street Bar.

I was just told by one of their employees that tonight is their last night.

Someone listening to some of you guys around here would be fooled into believing the downtown Toledo bar scene was part of a thriving metropolis.

There still are a few more downtown watering holes that are circling the bowl.

Easy come, easy go.

Not to worry, the Chinese are here checkbook in hand.

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I'll admit I often cringe when I hear Kroger's and Meijer's too many times during any particular day, but I won't ever replace pop with soda.

I cannot recall ever hearing a drinking/water fountain being called a bubbler.

http://discovermagazine.com/galleries/2013/june/regional-us-language-dialect

posted by 6th_Floor on Mar 02, 2017 at 02:35:57 pm     #  

Hearing someone say, "Kroger's" or "Meijer's" has the same effect on my brain as hearing them say, "I seen...". I'm not a grammar expert at all, but I can't handle it.

posted by dell_diva on Mar 02, 2017 at 02:40:38 pm     #   2 people liked this

Ugh, so much "I seen" in Toledo...

posted by Johio83 on Mar 02, 2017 at 03:37:02 pm     #   1 person liked this

Changing gears here, anyone know the current state or future situation for the boat docks along Promenade Park and the Steamplant? Have they been in operation pre-ProMedica construction, and any idea if ProMedica has plans to influence them in any way? (With the way ProMedica has been promoting things around town, I wouldn't be surprised if they pushed for their return to prominence a la the 80's/90's)

posted by Johio83 on Mar 02, 2017 at 04:07:19 pm     #  

6th_Floor posted at 11:04:40 AM on Mar 02, 2017:

The Cilantro's sign on FB is photoshopped.

The M & N sign was lit up on saturday night when I was leaving the hockey game.

posted by TrilbyGuy on Mar 02, 2017 at 04:19:42 pm     #  

Is there any update regarding Sandy Spang's coffeehouse opening date? It has been nearly 18 months since she announced her plans and the place still doesn't appear to be near opening. Considering the space previously housed a coffeehouse, the delays appear odd.

Along the "coming soon" theme, it appears that Trader Joe's finally will be opening a Toledo area store.

Many prayers throughout Greater Toledo are being answered.

posted by 6th_Floor on Mar 15, 2017 at 09:58:19 pm     #   1 person liked this

Along the "coming soon" theme, it appears that Trader Joe's finally will be opening a Toledo area store.

Um, what?

posted by ahmahler on Mar 15, 2017 at 10:01:36 pm     #  

My wife going beyond her lease mileage limits moving forward won't be an issue.

posted by 6th_Floor on Mar 15, 2017 at 10:02:20 pm     #  

Still... What?

posted by ahmahler on Mar 15, 2017 at 10:22:30 pm     #  

Surprisingly in Oregon along Navarre Avenue near Wheeling Street.

posted by 6th_Floor on Mar 15, 2017 at 10:36:06 pm     #   1 person liked this

Nice, way to go Oregon !!

posted by Hoops on Mar 16, 2017 at 08:11:11 am     #  

Seriously? That is very, very antithetical to their expansion strategies. Any insight into how you learned of this or any confirmation from TJ's?

posted by ahmahler on Mar 16, 2017 at 09:01:12 am     #  

Well, that's just interesting.

Trader Joe's coming to Toledo and 6th_floor bringing non- negative news.

okay then. I'll be outside watching for the horsemen of the apocalypse to ride on by.

posted by endcycle on Mar 16, 2017 at 09:06:49 am     #   3 people liked this

I remember Sandy commenting that the overhaul of the shop ended up being quite a bit more extensive than originally planned, but can't remember when she said her new target date was. But in essence, this won't just be a new operator taking over an existing space.

That seems like an odd choice for Trader Joe's, but then again, their 'Ann Arbor' store is actually in Ypsi, so who knows. What kind of info can you provide about this?

posted by Johio83 on Mar 16, 2017 at 09:24:41 am     #  

The Ann Arbor store is totally in Ann Arbor (East Stadium Blvd). It's further from Ypsilanti than the big Whole Foods.

A quick check of all of the TJ locations in Ohio and Mi. There are no locations that are NOT in wealthy areas. Places like Dublin, Kettering, Royal Oak, Bloomfield Hills, Grosse Point, etc. The 2 that are actually in major cities (Cincinnati and Columbus) are in VERY nice parts of town. Are you sure you didn't read Oregon the state instead of the East Side?

posted by ahmahler on Mar 16, 2017 at 09:52:32 am     #   1 person liked this

"Are you sure you didn't read Oregon the state instead of the East Side?"

"... along Navarre Avenue near Wheeling Street."

I suppose that it's possible for a town in the state of Oregon to have an intersection comprised of streets named Navarre and Wheeling.

If the Trader Joe's location is true, that would be fairly close to I-280, which might be important if I-280 is considered a major roadway

But this could all be fake news. I'll wait for BuzzyWuzzy to have the facts.

posted by jr on Mar 16, 2017 at 10:06:39 am     #  

Somebody track down Dave Ball's dad and get the details.

posted by justread on Mar 16, 2017 at 11:01:01 am     #   5 people liked this

Who balled Dave's dad?

posted by Mariner on Mar 16, 2017 at 01:24:06 pm     #   1 person liked this

Potbelly has a banner up saying opening soon. That is going to be nice for those of us who work in the PNC building.

posted by classylady on Mar 21, 2017 at 04:45:58 pm     #  

There was a tilted kilt downtown? Where will Scott Sands tweet from now?

posted by ahmahler on Mar 21, 2017 at 08:41:31 pm     #   1 person liked this

I can't believe Fallen Timbers is still open.

posted by upso on Mar 21, 2017 at 08:47:06 pm     #   2 people liked this

ahmahler posted at 08:41:31 PM on Mar 21, 2017:

There was a tilted kilt downtown? Where will Scott Sands tweet from now?

The answer to that is: "who cares".

posted by Foodie on Mar 22, 2017 at 09:36:25 am     #  

Has anyone been to Poco Loco's on Adams St for the grand opening or soft opening ?? Thinking of going there this week.................

posted by Hoops on Mar 22, 2017 at 09:37:50 am     #  

upso posted at 08:47:06 PM on Mar 21, 2017:

I can't believe Fallen Timbers is still open.

Me either. Never have to worry about finding a parking space at that mall.

posted by Foodie on Mar 22, 2017 at 09:38:13 am     #  

I went to Poco Loco for lunch last week. Had the cuban, and really enjoyed it.

posted by Johio83 on Mar 22, 2017 at 10:08:04 am     #  

Saw an ad for Poco Loco.....charging a cover (for charity) to its grand opening. WiTF does that? Why on earth would you charge a cover when you're wanting to encourage foot traffic and word of mouth?

posted by BulldogBuckeye on Mar 22, 2017 at 10:22:26 am     #  

I think that was a pretty big misstep for Martini & Nuzzi's downtown. Their grand opening was Opening Day, and they charged a cover. As far as I know, it was the only day they charged, but word of mouth suggested that a cover was an everyday thing for them. Definitely wasn't good for business.

posted by Johio83 on Mar 22, 2017 at 10:25:43 am     #  

Bad move for Poco Loco to charge a cover even if the money is going to charity for opening day. Smart thing would be to have a "suggested donation" and in exchange for the donation offer a coupon for a free or half off appetizer on a future visit.

My complaint with M&N's was that I don't believe the money even went to charity and they had a public street closed off and unlike the Blarney's street party on St Patrick's day there were only a few people there.

Poco has been opened a couple weeks. A couple I know went there and said the food was good and service was great. I used to go with them to San Marcos sometimes and there was a waiter we really liked and he works there now and remembered them. They also said the manager was going around checking on people seeing how they liked the food.

posted by classylady on Mar 22, 2017 at 10:37:04 am     #  

Yeah, the food is great at Poco.

Also, I've mentioned it before but if you haven't tried "yer mom's house of eats" across the street from the Library, you're missing out. Some of the best and most unique lunch options available downtown. Prices are affordable and everything I've tried has been packed with flavor.

posted by upso on Mar 22, 2017 at 03:07:11 pm     #  

I'm gonna go ahead and echo upso on the yer mom's house of eats plug. They are ridiculously good.

posted by endcycle on Mar 22, 2017 at 03:16:30 pm     #  

the Yer Mom's House of Eats name......just sounds like a hipster trying too hard. Bugs me. :>)

posted by BulldogBuckeye on Mar 23, 2017 at 11:01:32 am     #  

Yeah, it's a terrible name. Don't let that stop you from checking them out. It's all about the food. Not the brand or location.

posted by upso on Mar 23, 2017 at 11:10:30 am     #  

Following up on other's comments, I tried Adam Street Cafe today. Holy shit at all of the good food coming downtown! That place is terrific!

posted by upso on Mar 23, 2017 at 01:34:11 pm     #   1 person liked this

....i love their name. :( it's SO absolutely Drew.

posted by endcycle on Mar 23, 2017 at 04:12:50 pm     #   1 person liked this

Sign is up for Potbelly's and I was told the grand opening is next Weds (day before opening day).

I had lunch with a few people from my office at Carlos Poco Loco on Adams today and was really impressed. Good selection of Mexican and Cuban food. They have a buffet (not sure if it's all day or just lunch time) with a lot of items some people from my office got. I had the Cuban sandwich and it is awesome. I'm glad there is finally a place in the downtown area that has a good Cuban sandwich. None of us had adult beverages since we had to go back to work but I know others who have and said their margaritas are tasty.

posted by classylady on Apr 04, 2017 at 08:06:34 pm     #  

yes, yes they are.

posted by upso on Apr 04, 2017 at 08:18:19 pm     #  

What is everyone's must-have downtown dish?

posted by ckbeats21 on Apr 04, 2017 at 09:55:14 pm     #  

Single must-have downtown dish? That's really tough. Registry has a carbonara that just blows my mind.

I have a better idea, tho - here's how you get a great downtown meal.

Go to Registry and start with the Scotch Olives appetizer and a manhattan (rye, of course). Finish that up, walk over to Black Cloister and have a pint of the Nature's Breast IPA. Then mosey over to Kengo and order a couple of kinds of yakitori - I recommend asparagus if they have it and beef tongue, tho any of the chicken is really good too. Wash it down with whatever ale they have on draft - they're all going to be good.

Then you go a couple of doors down to Homeslice, order a nice wheat beer (oberon is in season!) and a carnivore pizza.

For dessert, go back to Kengo for some uni and a sip of japanese single malt whiskey while you wait for your uber to get you home.

posted by endcycle on Apr 05, 2017 at 09:06:46 am     #   1 person liked this

I think that's how I get heartburn. :(

posted by justread on Apr 05, 2017 at 09:10:37 am     #  

SO worth it.

If that's an issue, tho - here's your optional step to add in there: Prior to bed, eat 2 gaviscon tabs and drink 2 glasses of water.

posted by endcycle on Apr 05, 2017 at 10:29:21 am     #  

It wouldn't be caused by food quality, that's for sure. But that would be a pallet a bit too diverse for my tender constitution.
Serve it up. Pass the tums.

posted by justread on Apr 05, 2017 at 10:42:16 am     #  

man, there is no way I could pick one dish. Like endcycle I could certainly suggest a list of courses to try, but just thinking about that list makes me feel full.

I would certainly start with the poutine at Adam's Street Cafe. It's glorious.

posted by upso on Apr 05, 2017 at 11:34:38 am     #  

I'm with Endcycle. That would be the best night out downtown. All I would add is hearing some great local live music.

posted by Brewster on Apr 05, 2017 at 07:21:02 pm     #  

Adam's street café is amazing however you wouldn't be able to there on a night out on the town since they are not open for dinner and on the weekends.

My favorite upscale downtown meal is Pork Porterhouse or Lamb at Rockwell's. I know they are famous for their steaks but whenever I eat there I have to have the Pork Porterhouse or the Lamb. Expensive but man is it worth it. And if you want to go for a drink before or after Mutz's or the pub is in the same building.

For more casual/reasonably priced food I like Fleetwood's. Great flatbread and sandwich selection and good selection of beer.

posted by classylady on Apr 05, 2017 at 09:07:19 pm     #  

The food at the Dirty Burd beats all the bars in town, and is better than most restaurants downtown.

posted by westsidebob on Apr 07, 2017 at 11:28:15 am     #  

westsidebob posted at 11:28:15 AM on Apr 07, 2017:

The food at the Dirty Burd beats all the bars in town, and is better than most restaurants downtown.

hot take-I agree. Underrated stuff. Kengo, Registry are better (all things being equal), after that, I think you're right. Even the handful of other "Upscale" restaurants aren't as thoughtful or creative. From a revolving door of restaurants, that place has really done well over the last few years.

posted by ahmahler on Apr 07, 2017 at 11:40:12 am     #  

The Dirty Burd is the thing I miss about not working downtown anymore.

posted by westsidebob on Apr 07, 2017 at 11:55:07 am     #  

Yeah. DB is great.
All of a sudden we actually have CHOICES downtown for good food. It's awesome!

posted by upso on Apr 07, 2017 at 05:34:48 pm     #  

Downtown Toledo gets a major write up in the Ohio magazine: https://www.ohiomagazine.com/travel/article/toledo-s-downtown-renaissance

posted by upso on Apr 07, 2017 at 06:27:50 pm     #  

Great story on Polo Loco on the Channel 11 news tonight

posted by classylady on Apr 14, 2017 at 11:20:48 pm     #  

Potbelly posted they're opening April 18th.

posted by 6th_Floor on Apr 15, 2017 at 11:57:20 am     #  

Fans make their way in to Fifth Third Field for Toledo's home opener Thursday. The Mud Hens lost 5-1 to the Indianapolis Indians in front of an announced crowd of 12,789. LOL they forgot again to drop the first digit from the attendance.

http://www.toledoblade.com/gallery/Mud-Hens-home-opener

Looking at the photos from opening day there may have been 2,500 actual people inside the stadium.

Last night attendance was awful...my guess is 1,000 people were there.

posted by 6th_Floor on Apr 15, 2017 at 12:03:11 pm     #  

I think the weather hurt them on opening day. We drove through downtown during the game and there were a LOT of people leaving early.

Btw, we were driving to try out Kobe Bay for the first time. What a strange place. Opening day and it was completely dead. Great service, awful atmosphere, and just ok food.

posted by upso on Apr 15, 2017 at 04:07:58 pm     #  

We left after the third inning. Wouldn't have been bad if it was for the darn wind. They always have crappy weather every time I get opening day tickets.

The bars were packed on opening day. Blarney was at capacity and I was told Durty bird and one of the Hensville bars were as well.

Lots of people downtown earlier today when the boyfriend and I went out. Fleetwoods was only allowing people on the deck with a mudhens or walleye ticket so we just walked over to the metropark. I think we will walk to Uptown later for a drink at Wesley's and probably uber it home

posted by classylady on Apr 15, 2017 at 07:51:13 pm     #  

Sounds like Pita Pit isn't going to have extended hours this year during baseball season. It was nice having a place to go to for a late night sandwich on weekends or Sunday afternoon.

Downtown has no dining options after 10 p.m. for fast take out food now

posted by classylady on Apr 15, 2017 at 08:13:31 pm     #  

6th_Floor posted at 12:03:11 PM on Apr 15, 2017:

Fans make their way in to Fifth Third Field for Toledo's home opener Thursday. The Mud Hens lost 5-1 to the Indianapolis Indians in front of an announced crowd of 12,789. LOL they forgot again to drop the first digit from the attendance.

http://www.toledoblade.com/gallery/Mud-Hens-home-opener

Looking at the photos from opening day there may have been 2,500 actual people inside the stadium.

Last night attendance was awful...my guess is 1,000 people were there.

This is an absolutely ridiculous comment. I was there opening day. You couldn't move in the suite level there were so many people. It was 20+ minutes to get a drink at the bar. The concourse was packed too.

posted by wahhutch9 on Apr 15, 2017 at 09:56:24 pm     #  

6th_Floor posted at 12:03:11 PM on Apr 15, 2017:

Fans make their way in to Fifth Third Field for Toledo's home opener Thursday. The Mud Hens lost 5-1 to the Indianapolis Indians in front of an announced crowd of 12,789. LOL they forgot again to drop the first digit from the attendance.

http://www.toledoblade.com/gallery/Mud-Hens-home-opener

Looking at the photos from opening day there may have been 2,500 actual people inside the stadium.

Last night attendance was awful...my guess is 1,000 people were there.

Last night they were competing with a Walleye playoff game. Opening day they were sold out.

Any other incorrect or misleading factoids you'd like to share?

posted by ckbeats21 on Apr 15, 2017 at 11:02:27 pm     #  

On opening day they announced it was sold out but there were PLENTY of empty seats.

We had club level seats and our section wasn't even 10 percent full but I believe these are all season seats. There were a lot of people inside in the concourse however but the ballpark was far from full

posted by classylady on Apr 15, 2017 at 11:09:45 pm     #  

There were a lot of empty seats on Thursday. There were a lot of people inside on the suite level but the stadium sure wasn't SRO.

Pita Pit may increase their hours when it gets warmer out. I'm sure they'll be open on Sundays when there is a home game. Frickers serves food until late. Not sure when the kitchen closes but I know I've had food past midnight on non-game Saturdays before

posted by jamesteroh on Apr 15, 2017 at 11:49:03 pm     #  

ckbeats21 posted at 11:02:27 PM on Apr 15, 2017:
6th_Floor posted at 12:03:11 PM on Apr 15, 2017:

Fans make their way in to Fifth Third Field for Toledo's home opener Thursday. The Mud Hens lost 5-1 to the Indianapolis Indians in front of an announced crowd of 12,789. LOL they forgot again to drop the first digit from the attendance.

http://www.toledoblade.com/gallery/Mud-Hens-home-opener

Looking at the photos from opening day there may have been 2,500 actual people inside the stadium.

Last night attendance was awful...my guess is 1,000 people were there.

Last night they were competing with a Walleye playoff game. Opening day they were sold out.

Any other incorrect or misleading factoids you'd like to share?

Apparently you haven't taken the time to view the photos or were at the game with your eyes closed.

posted by 6th_Floor on Apr 16, 2017 at 11:10:34 am     #  

My wife and I were there and we never got to our seats. We stood/sat at Nines bar in the right field area. The stadium was packed! We had a great time and there is no doubt in my mind that the empty seats in the pictures are misleading. It was cold on the third base side especially. People didn't sit in their seats-they just found warmer places to view the game and/or kibbutz with each other.

posted by Toledostrong on Apr 17, 2017 at 06:44:54 am     #   1 person liked this

6th_Floor posted at 11:10:34 AM on Apr 16, 2017:
ckbeats21 posted at 11:02:27 PM on Apr 15, 2017:
6th_Floor posted at 12:03:11 PM on Apr 15, 2017:

Fans make their way in to Fifth Third Field for Toledo's home opener Thursday. The Mud Hens lost 5-1 to the Indianapolis Indians in front of an announced crowd of 12,789. LOL they forgot again to drop the first digit from the attendance.

http://www.toledoblade.com/gallery/Mud-Hens-home-opener

Looking at the photos from opening day there may have been 2,500 actual people inside the stadium.

Last night attendance was awful...my guess is 1,000 people were there.

Last night they were competing with a Walleye playoff game. Opening day they were sold out.

Any other incorrect or misleading factoids you'd like to share?

Apparently you haven't taken the time to view the photos or were at the game with your eyes closed.

Apparently if you were at the game you need to consider Lasik.

posted by glasscityguy on Apr 17, 2017 at 08:23:30 am     #  

ANY opening day we ever attended was always packed - not in the seats but in the concourse areas. Opening day is more about the party and less about baseball. That will change as the season progresses. And, it's typically cold in the seats on opening day so people huddle and party in the bars and common areas.
I'd guess this opening day was no different than most others.

posted by Foodie on Apr 17, 2017 at 08:27:43 am     #   4 people liked this

Yep. I went to opening day once. I never left the suite. I understand there was a baseball game. :)

posted by justread on Apr 17, 2017 at 08:47:46 am     #  

OOO! It's "second guess ticket sales numbers by the Mudhens Evil Conglomerate" season!! Sweeeeeet.

posted by endcycle on Apr 17, 2017 at 08:50:18 am     #   3 people liked this

I hope they aren't going to try to market the old Fiberglas tower as college housing. This was on the Downtown Toledo official facebook page:

Hey The University of Toledo & Bowling Green State University students...come live in the 2nd tallest building in downtown. The former OC Fiberglas Tower is being renovated into the Tower in the Maumee.

Nothing against college students, but if I'm going to be paying four digits a month for rent downtown I don't want to live next door to an apartment with six college students.

Hopefully they will at least limit it to one occupant per bedroom.

posted by classylady on Apr 17, 2017 at 09:48:46 am     #  

Like Foodie said, to me opening day is more about going to the bars and opening day parties than the game. It's great to catch up with other people who live and work downtown and enjoy a Thursday afternoon off from work. It was really nice this year for those who had Good Friday off.

However the ball park was far from packed. The club seats section where our firm has their tickets (I believe all the club seats are season ticket holders) had quite a few empty rows. The suite level concourse was packed but that area is heated and you also need a ticket to either the suite or club level to get up there. Ticket sales and attendance are two different things.

One thing that was irritating is they don't allow readmittance. A couple of my friends were downtown and I wanted to meet them for a few minutes but was told if I left 5/3rd field I couldn't get back in. We left after the third inning to meet them but probably would have come back for the last couple innings and each purchased at least one drink.

I went to a Rocky's game last time I was in Denver and it started to started to rain mid-game and they had to pull the trap out. They allowed people to leave, you just had to get your hand stamped and hold on to your ticket. Why can't the Mudhens do the same?

posted by classylady on Apr 17, 2017 at 09:56:46 am     #   1 person liked this

From the article last week, I don't think their target is necessarily "current" college students. They talked about them being luxury apartments. They had UT/BG students involved in urban planning walk it, and the Eyde Company's representative said something along the lines of them being happy to have some of the students end up as residents "when they can afford it" or something along those lines.

posted by Johio83 on Apr 17, 2017 at 09:59:45 am     #  

If you have much other than positive things to say about Opening Day in Toledo, Im pretty much going to question your opinion on subsequent posts. Id say Opening Day has proven to be, year in and year out (even in crappy weather), the single "best" day in Toledo. It hits the bullseye on the targeted people Toledo is longing to recruit and retain. If anything, I wish the powers that be would turn up the volume on the promotion of this event. I think it could be even bigger and better and I think it could be replicated on certain weekends throughout the summer (albeit on a smaller scale) with some creative events and promotion for the Warehouse District.

And if youre commenting about empty seats.....you havent been paying attention. There are ALWAYS plenty of empty seats on Opening Day. Even in great weather. The game is secondary. Its a huge party in the suites area, and yes, the concourses are packed. And the bars are packed all day and into the night.

posted by BulldogBuckeye on Apr 17, 2017 at 10:25:20 am     #   6 people liked this

Opening Day is always great ! The suite area was OVERCROWDED as usual. It is a big party where a baseball game breaks out. Add in the Private parties being thrown outside the stadium and it just grows even larger. We left the stadium, re-entered thru the Roost (take the elevators in NINE), easy to get around the no re-admittance policy.
Every bar we went to downtown was packed and everyone was having a good time..

posted by Hoops on Apr 17, 2017 at 10:43:15 am     #   1 person liked this

Jeez....remember all the great times we all had for Opening Day at the Ned ? Good times good times. (crickets).

hahaha still have to laugh at the naysayers. "Theres' no parking Downtown". "Its too dangerous". "Waste of money".

15 yrs in and that place is still doing quite well and serving its purpose.....and arguably exceeding expectation.

posted by BulldogBuckeye on Apr 17, 2017 at 11:52:42 am     #   5 people liked this

Probably the only time I ever agreed with elected officials ignoring the will of the voters.

As you recall, the "we don't want nuttin' to ever change" county majority won the "no" vote to build the field downtown.

I don't think it a stretch to say that 5th 3rd Field was the genesis of everything that has come since.

posted by Foodie on Apr 17, 2017 at 01:25:34 pm     #   4 people liked this

Having 5/3rd field downtown is a definite asset. I love being able to see the fireworks from my home on weekend nights and it's great having places to eat and drink at nearby. Plus it makes sense to have the Toledo Mudhen's downtown. I never understood the old ballpark being in Maumee, the team is the TOLEDO Mudhens not the Maumee Mudhens. And for the MASH fans there is a Tony Packo's that is only a one minute walk away.

And not to mention Hensville. I love what Joe Napoli has done with that, we had out of town friends from Chicago and from Boston during Christmas time and they were amazed at how Hensville looked decorated with all the lights.

posted by classylady on Apr 17, 2017 at 01:48:55 pm     #   1 person liked this

Potbelly's did a soft/trial grand opening at lunch time today. Free food, just asked for a donation to a charity as you exited.

Line was out at the door at 12:30 and they didn't even advertise it. Great addition to downtown.

posted by classylady on Apr 17, 2017 at 01:50:30 pm     #  

So what exactly are you supposed to do for the art loop?

posted by ckbeats21 on Apr 20, 2017 at 11:33:50 am     #  

What do you mean?

posted by upso on Apr 20, 2017 at 11:42:41 am     #  

ckbeats21 posted at 11:33:50 AM on Apr 20, 2017:

So what exactly are you supposed to do for the art loop?

Go to the main library at 5:00PM today with $1.25 and await further instructions. You got this!

posted by justread on Apr 20, 2017 at 12:03:53 pm     #  

5:00 is too early. Go closer to 5:30. You can park there, also.

posted by justread on Apr 20, 2017 at 12:05:07 pm     #  

http://theartscommission.org/artloop

Yep, the first one for 2017 is this evening.

WHAT IS ART LOOP

MUSIC, FOOD, ART & FUN

The Loop is Toledo’s signature monthly arts experience. Explore the downtown creative community through self-guided tours of the art, artists, and spaces that inspire a vibrant Toledo.

The Loop is a program of The Arts Commission, presented in partnership with the artists and participating venues who make it possible.

Art Loop takes place each third Thursday of the month April-December, 5:30-9pm.

HOW TO LOOP

Stops/routes are listed on the map link above.

Buses arrive every 15 to 20 minutes at each stop.

Wristbands are $1.25, include unlimited rides all evening, and may be purchased in cash only on the bus.

There are two bus lines, the Red Line and the Blue Line. Both Red and Blue Lines connect at 3 stops: Toledo School for the Arts, Hensville, and Gathered Glass.

Get off at any stop. Check out the many galleries, shops, restaurants, and attractions near each stop.


Simply hanging out at Gathered Glass is a fun time.

Gathered Glassblowing Studio kicks off their HOT Glass, COLD Beer, COOL music series with GreenAcre Sessions and live glassblowing demos.

Read more at http://theartscommission.org/featuredloop

And check out the map http://theartscommission.org/map

posted by jr on Apr 20, 2017 at 12:15:18 pm     #  

A friend and I signed up for a Gathered Glass Ladies Night last summer. We were the first ones in so we were the first ones to get to make our garden sphere. When we were done, they had to cool in the kiln for 24 hours, so we really were done, we didn't even get to drink our wine! We walked outside, thinking we'd go back to the car and talk and drink, but the ballpark is right across the street, so we went to the game and had a blast! The Hens won 10-1 in like the last 2 innings, beer and peanuts and burgers were good, excellent night!

posted by nana on Apr 20, 2017 at 02:40:34 pm     #  

jr posted at 12:15:18 PM on Apr 20, 2017:

http://theartscommission.org/artloop

Yep, the first one for 2017 is this evening.

WHAT IS ART LOOP

MUSIC, FOOD, ART & FUN

The Loop is Toledo’s signature monthly arts experience. Explore the downtown creative community through self-guided tours of the art, artists, and spaces that inspire a vibrant Toledo.

The Loop is a program of The Arts Commission, presented in partnership with the artists and participating venues who make it possible.

Art Loop takes place each third Thursday of the month April-December, 5:30-9pm.

HOW TO LOOP

Stops/routes are listed on the map link above.

Buses arrive every 15 to 20 minutes at each stop.

Wristbands are $1.25, include unlimited rides all evening, and may be purchased in cash only on the bus.

There are two bus lines, the Red Line and the Blue Line. Both Red and Blue Lines connect at 3 stops: Toledo School for the Arts, Hensville, and Gathered Glass.

Get off at any stop. Check out the many galleries, shops, restaurants, and attractions near each stop.


Simply hanging out at Gathered Glass is a fun time.

Gathered Glassblowing Studio kicks off their HOT Glass, COLD Beer, COOL music series with GreenAcre Sessions and live glassblowing demos.

Read more at http://theartscommission.org/featuredloop

And check out the map http://theartscommission.org/map

It says "self-guided", does that mean I have to take the bus? I won't get off work early enough to make it.

posted by ckbeats21 on Apr 20, 2017 at 02:45:31 pm     #  

ckbeats21 posted at 02:45:31 PM on Apr 20, 2017:
jr posted at 12:15:18 PM on Apr 20, 2017:

http://theartscommission.org/artloop

Yep, the first one for 2017 is this evening.

WHAT IS ART LOOP

MUSIC, FOOD, ART & FUN

The Loop is Toledo’s signature monthly arts experience. Explore the downtown creative community through self-guided tours of the art, artists, and spaces that inspire a vibrant Toledo.

The Loop is a program of The Arts Commission, presented in partnership with the artists and participating venues who make it possible.

Art Loop takes place each third Thursday of the month April-December, 5:30-9pm.

HOW TO LOOP

Stops/routes are listed on the map link above.

Buses arrive every 15 to 20 minutes at each stop.

Wristbands are $1.25, include unlimited rides all evening, and may be purchased in cash only on the bus.

There are two bus lines, the Red Line and the Blue Line. Both Red and Blue Lines connect at 3 stops: Toledo School for the Arts, Hensville, and Gathered Glass.

Get off at any stop. Check out the many galleries, shops, restaurants, and attractions near each stop.


Simply hanging out at Gathered Glass is a fun time.

Gathered Glassblowing Studio kicks off their HOT Glass, COLD Beer, COOL music series with GreenAcre Sessions and live glassblowing demos.

Read more at http://theartscommission.org/featuredloop

And check out the map http://theartscommission.org/map

It says "self-guided", does that mean I have to take the bus? I won't get off work early enough to make it.

There are multiple buses, all leaving from the library and returning. Art Loop people will be there. Arrive when you can. The library is the hub. All will be revealed at the library.

Buses arrive every 15 to 20 minutes at each stop.

You can show up at the stops without having taken a bus.

posted by justread on Apr 20, 2017 at 02:51:53 pm     #  

Art Loop is a lot of fun. Hopefully the rain doesn't ruin it. We normally just walk and do the downtown area between the Davis Building and the St. Clair galleries.

posted by classylady on Apr 20, 2017 at 04:27:48 pm     #  

Cilantro at the old Diva on Huron had their soft grand opening today. Just found out about it, they should have announced it to get the Art Loop crowd in. Official grand opening is May 5 so that's a long soft opening period

posted by classylady on Apr 21, 2017 at 12:29:46 am     #  

Stopped by the new Potbelly for lunch. It was PACKED with people in line, but looked like most were taking their food to go. With online ordering and great prices, I think this place is going to do well.

The owner mentioned that they are open on Saturdays from 11am to 7pm. Good to know if I'm hankering for a sandwich but am not planning on going to west Toledo. I suspect the weekends will be quiet but I hope he gets enough traction to keep it open.

posted by upso on Apr 24, 2017 at 01:10:41 pm     #  

Quizno's was always packed too. Just saying ...

posted by westsidebob on Apr 24, 2017 at 01:24:55 pm     #  

LOL at 11-7pm on Saturdays. 7am-7pm M-F isn't quite as laughable as Saturdays, but I thought I saw hours of 10-3pm for Saturday @ Potbelly.

Grabbed a sandwich at Potbelly last week. It was decent, but I'll likely remain a Jimmy Johns regular because I haven't been to a more time efficient business.

posted by 6th_Floor on Apr 24, 2017 at 11:08:32 pm     #  

Potbelly is only open for brunch on Saturday. Not sure if it's a special menu or if they have their breakfast and lunch menus both available (they only serve breakfast until 11 weekdays). The owner was working when I was in there yesterday and told me they would be open on Sundays if there was a special event and possibly on hockey game nights.

posted by classylady on Apr 25, 2017 at 12:27:35 pm     #  

Potbelly is open 11 to 3 on Saturdays

posted by classylady on Apr 25, 2017 at 05:00:49 pm     #  

Ah good to know. I clearly misunderstood the owner! Thanks for the clarification.

posted by upso on Apr 25, 2017 at 05:28:38 pm     #  

Are the Mudhen's claiming to be sold out again tonight? We watched both the Walleyes and Mudhen's at a couple bars tonight and the Walleye's appeared to be packed on TV and the Mudhen seats that were showing up on the TV appeared that there were 4 empty seats to every occupied one.

And what's up with the bars that don't carry the Walleye and Mudhens games charging more than the bars that carry their games? The drink prices at Nine and Frickers that carry the local games on their TV's are cheaper than Durty Bird and Cock and Bull whose TVs don't have them. Shouldn't it be the opposite?

posted by classylady on Apr 25, 2017 at 10:49:01 pm     #  

Is Plate 1 ever going to open?

posted by stooks on Apr 26, 2017 at 07:16:11 am     #  

They move a couple ladders and some scaffolding inside around monthly, so look for additional coming soon news during 2018.

posted by 6th_Floor on Apr 26, 2017 at 07:39:09 am     #   1 person liked this

classylady posted at 10:49:01 PM on Apr 25, 2017:

Are the Mudhen's claiming to be sold out again tonight? We watched both the Walleyes and Mudhen's at a couple bars tonight and the Walleye's appeared to be packed on TV and the Mudhen seats that were showing up on the TV appeared that there were 4 empty seats to every occupied one.

And what's up with the bars that don't carry the Walleye and Mudhens games charging more than the bars that carry their games? The drink prices at Nine and Frickers that carry the local games on their TV's are cheaper than Durty Bird and Cock and Bull whose TVs don't have them. Shouldn't it be the opposite?

The Walleye were in game 7 of an intense playoff series (they won, btw - moving onto the next round!). That might explain why they were packed. Pretty exciting time to be a Toledo Walleye fan.

I haven't seen any figures for the mudhens. I know they post based on ticket sales, which I think is the standard way of doing things.... of course, I might also just be a stooge of the ECOWMANJTFWY** conglomerate, though. DEFINITELY would be surprised to see both events packed at the same time though.

** Evil Corporate Overlords Who Misrepresent Attendance Numbers Just To Fuck With You.

posted by endcycle on Apr 26, 2017 at 08:37:57 am     #   3 people liked this

Fifth Third Field has a seating capacity of 8,943. The standard for sports teams is to announce the PAID attendance. That is.....the number of tickets sold. My guess is.....the Toledo Mud Hens sell a lot (large percentage) of full season and partial season tickets that get unused during the non-peak games (weekdays, school in session). I think also included in the number of PAID attendance are promotional tickets that circulate, often within the corporate communities and businesses, as freebies or goodwill....again, since they (the Mud Hens) know they probably arent going to sell the tickets otherwise. They want bodies in the seats.....bodies that spend money on concessions....so often they give tickets away and probably account for them as being sold.

Without even looking at the figures, Im pretty confident regardless of weak attendance figures in April....The Toledo Mud Hens are a benchmark organization that most minor league franchises (and cities) would LOVE to emulate.

posted by BulldogBuckeye on Apr 26, 2017 at 09:12:37 am     #   2 people liked this

Got downtown around 6:30 last night. No seats at the bar at Fricker's, Fleetwood's or downtown Johnny's. There had to be maybe 200 people in the seats at 5/3 when I walked by. 7,473 was the attendance at the Walleye game and their 100th sellout ever. I've been to all game 7's the last 2 years and probably a little more than half of their sellouts and it's never been as loud as it was last night. Great night in downtown.

posted by TrilbyGuy on Apr 26, 2017 at 11:50:53 am     #  

I went out last night when the hockey game was in the last part of the second period and the mudhens where in the 7th inning and Fricker's and Nine were packed. Fleetwood's was packed but I found a seat at the bar. Score for the hockey game was zero to zero when I got there but most of the game I saw was really good. Unfortunately the Mudhens didn't do as well.

It was great to see so many people out on a Tuesday. I noticed a few people were more interested in watching the Detroit game than the Toledo games. I left before the game was over but Detroit was doing very well, they were ahead by 10 runs

posted by jamesteroh on Apr 26, 2017 at 01:22:18 pm     #  

Grabbed lunch from Potbelly today and the owner told me currently for Saturday they only have the lunch menu available. He told me if someone wants to order on the breakfast menu on Saturday they can make it but there will be a short wait due to the prep time involved and they will consider having the breakfast items available on Saturday if there is enough demand for it.

My favorite places to go for Saturday brunch/lunch downtown are Bleakhouse for Waffles (they are now open Sunday's as well), Original Sub or if I want something light Maddie and Bella's for one of their signature toasts

posted by jamesteroh on Apr 28, 2017 at 12:10:26 am     #  

I'm hoping downtown will be at least as hopping as Tuesday with the Walleye and Mudhen's both at home this weekend.

Do the uptown bars have buckeye? I thought about going to Poco Loco if they do and watching the game there. Great food and cheapest drink prices in the downtown area

posted by jamesteroh on Apr 28, 2017 at 12:16:14 am     #  

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