Niagara Gazette — "We are interested in doing what's right on Third Street," he said.
Lewis is getting some support from building owner Joe Anderson, who Lewis said has been "very helpful in getting the venue up and running." He called Anderson, a developer also known as Smokin Joe, "the most entrepreneural person I have ever met."
One of the hoped for results, Lewis said, is increased activity on Third Street, which would draw more clientel to the other businesses. The other business owners seem to appreciate the new life on the street.
"It certainly is a neat venue," said Craig Avery, commenting on the Icehouse. Avery, owner of The Hub, a community networking location on nearby Main Street and owner of a Third Street building which houses apartments, a mini-mart, liquor store and Y'Vonne's Bakery and Cafe, is glad for the addition to the street. "I think it will compliment the other businesses," he said.
The reopened venue also enhances efforts by the city to revitalize all of Third Street, according to Seth Piccirillo, community development director for the city. He said the city is currently removing cement "bump outs" on the street which will provide more parking and has created other opportunities for owners. He noted that a new pizzeria and pasta restaurant will be soon opening in the location of the now-closed Lola restaurant. "When one business closes and another opens, that shows you're getting a strong business district," he said.
Performing tonight at the Icehouse is David Nail, whose single "Let it Rain" achieved gold record status. The music continues with "Drum Wars," May 14, featuring Carmine Appice of Vanilla Fudge and his brother, Viny Appice of Black Sabbath, who will go head to head in a drum battle. The month ends with American Idol heart-throb Casey James on May 24.