May 21, 1920, Winnipeg Free Press
The cute little building at 164 Langside Street at Sara could soon become a pizza restaurant.
I lived around the corner from this place for about a decade in the late 90s. Its 75 or so year run of being a grocery store had long passed. I remember it being abandoned, then rejuvenated as an architects office and arts studio.
Under the present zoning a restaurant / cafe is allowed. What the applicant is seeking is an outdoor patio for 28 people, slightly bigger than the amount allowed by the city.
The city's administration is supporting the move, with some restrictions such as: patio hours would be 10 pm weekdays and 11 pm weekends; no amplified music, no illuminated signs, etc.
The application goes before the Board of Adjustment on July 27th. You can read it here.
It is interesting to see a closed retail establishment in the midst of a residential area reopening. Older neighbourhoods were once dotted with such storefronts that housed shops, salons, barbers, etc.. Over the decades, however, most of them have either been converted into housing or simply torn down.
It will also be interesting to see what the neighbours think about the pizzeria and patio idea, especially in the uniquely urban neighbourhood that is West Broadway.
Keep an eye on my Winnipeg Downtown Places blog as a history of this building will be appearing soon !