Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Rhode Island Row at a Standstill?

It looks like the progress that seemed so very promising this spring has come to a standstill.

The promise was for a Carolina Kitchen to open over the summer. The huge signs where the restaurant is supposed to go said so.

The reality of the situation is very very different. This is what the inside of the place looks like. I took these pictures today.


As you can see the "floor" is dirt. This is obviously not opening this summer. In fact, I would be surprised if it opens this year.

I base this on the fact of how long it has taken the Chipotle to open or not open as the case may be. The construction for this began in November of last year. Things seemed to be going fairly well and then it just stopped. For several months absolutely nothing happened. Then activity started again. I even saw people in there that looked like employees in June.

Sometime in July a sign was posted saying they would open July 31. There was a large help wanted sign out front. Along came July 31 and nothing happened. Actually what happened was another sign saying well as you can see below. August 20 now the official opening day. I wouldn't hold my breath on that.

There are a couple of other places that are being built out, but I would have thought once the DMV opened in April, the place would have rapidly filled in. Obviously that's not the case. At this rate things won't be opening until next year.

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