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Art Walk Opening Doors for Diners

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Thursday, August 14, 2008, at 12:14PM
ready for biz Ed Fuentes

Robert Davtian, General Manager for The Great Steak.

The Great Steak’s Robert Davtian is the cheese steak entrepreneur who looks like he came straight from Philly. In reality, he's from Glendale, and he opened his place two months ago. This Thursday he plans to keep his café open past 5:30pm, in hopes of grabbing an Art Walk crowd.

That’s good news for those who want to grab a quick bite in between exhibits. While we don't often feature franchises, The Great Steak’s menu has received good buzz from locals, featuring items like Grilled steak with onions and provolone cheese, better then the usual franchise salads, and fries cooked in peanut oil. There's something for everyone.

Staying open on the second Thursday of the month gives businesses like Great Steak, Falafel Express, Hoagies and Wings, a chance to introduce themselves to Downtown’s residents. “I have the paperwork to be an Art Walk sponsor ready to go,” says Davtian, who is curious to see if the Art Walk crowd finds him in the Broadway Spring Corridor.

That urban path, while steps away from 4th and Spring, has historically not captured pedestrian flow. Hoagies and Wings (332 S. Broadway) is located at the other end of the walkway past Biddy Mason Park. The restaurant has been an aggressive suitor for gallery goers. This week they are offering jazz and funk from 6:30pm to 10pm with The Fresh Band, singer Monica, and singer Hilari, as well as a 4-Wing freebie with some orders.

In many ways, the Art Walk is a once-a-month experiment in urban living that gives the streets a sudden infusion of life, showing what is possible. Downtown would really be working overtime if smaller businesses had reasons to stay open past 6pm every evening.

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