East Olive Way nightlife appears to be on the verge of connecting its “last mile” to Broadway. Fresh on the heels of news that venerable gay bar CC Attle’s is about to move into the space currently occupied by Cafe Metropolitain and as the new beer and wine augmented menu is about to be unveiled at the “Gaybucks” Starbucks overhaul, we’ve learned of another new food and drink establishment coming to East Olive Way near Broadway.
An entity called Bleu Bistro Grotto has applied for a new liquor license for the 1801 East Olive Way address where megachain sandwich shop Quiznos used to operate. Scratch one more from our list of available high-foot traffic retail spaces on the Hill. We have a mail out to owner Ross McCartney-Allison for more details on what he has planned. We last spoke to him this spring after he made the decision to shut down his Chez Gaudy restaurant and focus his efforts on The Buck and Broadway’s Bleu Bistro.
While it’s difficult to imagine another Bleu Bistro being any more grotto-y, the space along with the new CC’s will help extend East Olive Way’s well-established food and drink stretch including The Elite, Dinette, Tacos Gringos, The Buck and, of course, The Crescent all the way up to Broadway. Add things like the new Arabica Coffee, B&O Espresso hanging in there, the funky retail stuff going on around Harem and (CHS advertiser) Vino Verite, and things seem pretty busy along the Way. Even one of the Hill’s favorite hangover cures is now part of the nightlife scene as Glo’s has gone 24-hours on weekends. It’s a shift for upper East Olive Way’s business culture — and as noted by many in the CC’s comment thread — people living in the area.