Newark has always been the place to go for good Spanish and Portuguese food, and NJPAC is a terrific concert hall. But there are other omens and portends in the air indicating that Newark may finally be turning a corner. Since any omens worth their salt come in threes, here are the ones I’ve seen:
First, AlleyGater on MOL writes about the great time he had exploring the courthouse area while on jury duty. Word is that Halsey Street is a destination.
Second, the nice boys of Big Train have been playing at a joint on Halsey Street, 27 Mix lately. Despite being a bar band, we haven’t generally been known to play at the kind of place you’d think of when you think of downtown Newark.
Third, this evening I played with Swing Town, a big band, at The Priory, which is a former church converted into a restaurant/meeting center. This was a beautiful restaurant featuring southern and cajun cuisine, with a nice cozy bar in back. And a real sweet place to play, I might add. They have live jazz several times a week, free parking, and so on.
Maybe, hopefully, after all these years Newark really is rebounding. We’ll be happy to have them back.