1618 Downtown, building ribbon-cutting scheduled

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DSC00914A date has been set for the unveiling of the newly renovated downtown Greensboro building that will house 1618’s third location and several upper-floor apartments.

Building developer Dawn Chaney said they will hold a ribbon cutting on March 26 for 312 South Elm Street. Visitors can pay $25 each to tour the renovated, historic building, and all of the money will go to Preservation Greensboro, she said. Chaney, who runs Chaney Properties, has worked closely with Preservation Greensboro before. The group is restoring the former Cascade Saloon building several blocks farther down Elm Street.

Even though the event will be held on Thursday, March 26 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., 1618 Downtown won’t officially be open yet. Owner Nick Wyatt said they aim to open the restaurant a few days later on Monday, March 30.

Chaney added that she’s already showing the upstairs apartments.

The owners of Josephine’s Kitchen and Lindley Park Filling Station plan to open a third restaurant, Blackburn’s Smokehouse & Raw Bar, next door soon as well in the space that briefly housed the ill-fated Grass Fed and 310 BBQ. See details about Blackburn’s here.

A few doors down, Scuppernong Books celebrated its official one-year anniversary last weekend, though it has technically been open for about 14 months already. Check out this week’s issue of Triad City Beat for two more news stories about planned restaurants downtown.