Lots doing downtown

By Maureen Luoma

Special to The Star

As spring arrives, there is a definite sense of renewal in downtown Sudbury.

Many downtown restaurants are preparing for the outdoor patio season. Peddler’s Pub on Cedar Street plans to have an extended patio in place by summer, and once this pilot project is proven a success, the design will be made available for other downtown restaurants to incorporate into their own outdoor patio.

The transition of a downtown landmark into an incubator kitchen began early February and is nearing completion. The formerly Nibbler’s Restaurant, located on Young Street, no longer bears the broken sign that many have become accustomed to and is evolving into The Motley Kitchen. As the first incubator kitchen in Northern Ontario, the space will be available to rent by community members and those interested in starting a food/catering business. The space will also be a location to purchase favourites from the Dee-lish food truck, as Natalie Lefevbre will be serving up some of her specials for lunch on weekdays, providing a great bistro lunch.

Two new businesses have recently opened their doors in downtown Sudbury. Fervency, which held a soft opening on Monday, March 24, is a men’s and women’s clothing store on Durham Street that carries brand name clothing and accessories, at a discount price. Also new to downtown is Barnwood Design and Decor, which reopened in the Rainbow Centre, across from the Bentley Store. The home decor store specializes in pieces made from old, weather-warn wood.

Downtown has become a hub for all things art and culture. To continue with that theme, a new creative agency, Studio123, will be moving into the area. Studio123 is a new creative agency founded by Nico Taus, Christian Pelletier and Rob Roy. The partners have chosen to open their design and marketing studio in the downtown core at 73 Elm. The exposed brick, arched windows and reclaimed century-old floors fit Studio123's aesthetic perfectly.

Downtown Sudbury continues to be a destination for hospitality and entertainment. The reopening of Sapporo Ichibang in the Joe Lesar Men’s Wear location on Cedar, as well the opening of Oscar’s Grill on Durham, are just two developments to look forward to in the next few months.

Maureen Luoma is the executive director of Downtown Sudbury