Water Place and Pringle Creek Phase 1


After a recent casual conversation with a local business owner about 2 prospective restaurant spaces downtown, I've been quietly speculating over what restaurants might capture those primo spots.

I'm hoping they'll be local, imaginative with their menu, and have options that make it both family friendly and a special occasion destination.  Now that I've witnessed this several times, I know it can be done successfully in Salem. I'm eager to see this trend spread and grow.

Oh, and this business owner had a novel idea:  Salem is situated along both sides of the Willamette River.  Why don't we have at least one restaurant with a river view?

16 comments:

Dee DeeDiner said...

I heard from a foodie friend that Old Europe Inn will be moving there, but have no independent confirmation.

(We probably should count Eola Inn as having a river view :-)

KandN said...

Old Europe? That would probably be a good move for them and a big change.

I suppose we should count Eola. Such a prime location as far as view goes, but I understand it's the getting in and out that's kept people from investing more into it.

DeeDeeDiner said...

IMHO, I suspect the quality of food has something to do with it as well as the access...

KandN said...

Right, but I meant anyone who has leased(?) that building has invested very few $$ in it. I don't even know if the current occupants are the same as when N and I ate there summer before last.

Melina Tomson, MS said...

I'd love to see a wine bar in the Pringle Creek development. Appetizers with wine on a balcony over looking the river? Hmmm....

Anonymous said...

I was excited, but Salem got a terrible restaurant with the confernece center - Bentley's is awful.

I am not holding my breath but hopefully we will get some good spots in the new developments.

Salem Man said...

River view or creek side. That water that runs through the Boise property would be nice to listen too during a summer evening.

KandN said...

I'm guessing the restaurant space at Water Place is going to be on the main floor, but the top floor would have a great view, too.

Anonymous said...

Side note -- the Ram has a creekside view.

I'm not holding my breath either, but seeing GREAT new restaurants like La Capitale and Word of Mouth succeed in Salem gives me a tiny bit of hope. A little hope that it won't just be another Starbucks. But we'll see.

Anonymous said...

did someone say the Ram? That place is Sherry's wraped in a nice blanket (not that nice).

Also, the creek is technically not a "creek", but an "industrial waterway". That means that industry sited on it can legally dump a certain amount of toxic waste into it.

Hopefully the main dumper was Boise, but it still smells pretty bad....

KandN said...

I'm not a fan of Shari's, but I think they do have their place. Not only are they open 24 hours, but they offer a place for high school youth to get together after a game.
I don't see a similarity between the Ram and Shari's. Whenever I've eaten at the Ram I've enjoyed my meal.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, the Ram is not the nicest eatery in town. I just mentioned it because someone said there is no waterside dining in Salem. Well, I guess they said riverside... creekside doesnt count apparently :)

Rebekah said...

I guess the mayor confirmed that Old Europe Inn is going to be in the Waterplace. I think that will be a good start. I hope we keep getting more high quality restaurants in town.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what's going on at the Boise site? Seems like nuttin these days.

Salem Man said...

I heard recently, and this is just a rumor, that the Boise project is on hold. You can probably assume that with the Meridian and other new buildings around town being vacant, that money for new projects is not as available as it once was.

Anonymous said...

Okay that makes sense. It's sad though. I was looking forward to watching the progress this summer.