Don't cry for me, downtown eyesore

May 4, 2007
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Taste of TangoAn Argentinian restaurant called Taste of Tango is moving into a vacant building along East Washington Street downtown. The new owner, local real estate broker Fabricio Perez, has begun renovations and hopes to open the 2,400-square-foot restaurant by the end of July. It will serve Argentinian food, which he described as a mix between Italian, Greek and Spanish. He also hopes to open a bar on the building's second floor, offices on the third and a condo for himself on the fourth. The building at 36 E. Washington St. was constructed in 1882 and was once home to a Greek restaurant but has been empty for at least a year. Perez hopes to capitalize on a desire for more diverse dining options in the city. "If we do something different, it should attract people." He would not say how much he plans to spend on renovations.
  • That is terrific, Argentinian food is my favorite in the whole wide world!!!!
  • Are they going to serve meat on swords? The last Argentian restaurant I ate at did, and the Cavalcade of Meats was fantastic!
  • This is great news. Will it be open for lunch?
  • Yes, Fabricio says he'll be open for lunch.
  • The prospect of meat on swords almost makes up for the Andrew Lloyd Webber reference.
  • Witty headline property're smart
  • I just drove by this building earlier today and, as it appears in the picture above, the upper windows are wide-open to elements. I don't know what shape the inside of the building may be in, but my guess is that it isn't good. Unless the lower levels inside look a LOT better than outside of the building, reopening by the end of July is either overly optimistic or he's not doing much in the way of renovations.

    Still, I'm excited for some more restaurant variety in downtown and particularly for that run-down section of Washington St.
  • Thank you for sharing!

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