Wednesday, April 19, 2006

First of the Season

Cherry blossoms on campus:


At 3:51 PM, Blogger Mona said...

so pretty!! which campus, yale? i was down in dc a couple weekends ago and made sure i walked through the beautiful pink trees.

At 7:58 AM, Anonymous Dead Author said...


Seven reporters followed Mayor John DeStefano around on March 31 as he trumpeted the cuisine-fueled economic boom on Temple Street, and guess who posed the tough questions?

The mayor himself.

"Are there too many restaurants?" he asked an architect for Barcelona at Temple and Crown streets.

"The restaurants thrive off of one another," replied Andrew Benner of the New Haven firm Gray Organschi.

"Did you read that, or did they tell you to say that?" replied the mayor.

It was, of course, playful baiting. But when DeStefano announced, with a smirk, "Temple Street is done--we're declaring victory today," he wasn't far off. After all, business is flourishing on the two blocks as three more restaurants fill in the remaining spaces, some of which have been vacant for two decades.

Barcelona, an upscale Spanish joint with tapas, is slated to open this fall. Across the street is Kudeta (as in, coup d'etat ), a lavishly decorated "trans-Asian" restaurant opening April 12. Last, there's Cocina, a modest Mexican bar and grill adjacent to Subway that is set to open in a month.

Criterion Cinemas, meanwhile, is expanding by two screens (for a total of seven). I asked owners Charley and Ben Moss if that means the marquee might expand to include blockbusters, too. They pretended to have no idea what a blockbuster film is.

"You'll see the same type of quality movies you see now--just two more," said Ben Moss, somewhat defensively.

For the record, that night Criterion was screening indies like Heart of Gold and Thank You For Smoking , but also Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction , which, as DeStefano remarked on his way into the theater, "got lousy reviews."

—Ryan Kearney

At 9:12 AM, Blogger Mrs. Delicious said...

Dude, I know! Look at Da Mayuh making a little joke at the expense of that poor architect!

Mona -- yes, they're at Yale, over near the music school. I wanted to go over to Wooster Square this weekend to see even more of the blossoms, but it was so rainy... and I fear they have all been rained down now. Poo.


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