Thursday, March 10, 2022

Rupertites invited to dig into the food fare at Eat Street

City announces opening of Eat Street at the corner of Seventh Street
and Third West, directly behind Friendship House

The fencing is down, the lights are on for the Urbaloo and Uncle Robbie's is in place at Eat Street Square, with the City of Prince Rupert announcing on Wednesday that the new public gathering initiative for the corner of Seventh Street and Third Avenue West is now Open.

The project which ran into a few delays along the way to completion, was first proposed in 2021 and started with the city approving a spot for a new outdoor washroom facility, that as part of a partnership with Prince Rupert Aboriginal Community Services Society and the Federal Government through Service Canada.

The plan towards adding Food Trucks to the vision came along through last year, though an unexpected discovery on the site served to put a hold on development for a period of time, with the pause on construction moving through the summer and into the fall.

Things were back on track by February with electrical work and site preparation underway leading to the opening of this week.

“The Eat Street and public washroom project are one more small step we are taking to activate our 2030 Vision. The City had already been looking for opportunities to activate a lot in the downtown core, and took advantage of the opportunity when PRACSS approached us about opening a washroom to offer additional amenities and a dedicated space for local food trucks.” -- Mayor Lee Brain

The outline of what Eat Street will look line as presented
to Council in the Fall of 2021

So far, Uncle Robbie's Food Truck serves as the only dining option, though the city is hopeful of more vendors taking up placement as the months move ahead, with the City also planning for the placement of planters to make the location more inviting for those stopping by for bite to eat.

The Mayor issued the invitation to visit the new civic project through his social media stream on Wednesday.

The City's full statement on the opening can be reviewed here.

A look back at the path towards the new Third Avenue West Oasis can be explored below:

February 2022 -- Progress for Eat Street
January 2022 -- Progress on Water Dam, Eat Street plans ... slight delay in progress for Third Avenue East extension among themes from Major Projects Report
December 2021 -- Mayor's notes provide a bit more detail on plans for Eat Street in city's Mid-town region
November 2021 -- Meet you at 'Eat Street Square'
November 2021 -- Major Projects Review provides for stream of percentages on progress for City initiatives
November 2021 -- Potty progress in the downtown core
November 2021 -- With No more bathroom breaks for Mariner's Park this year, there are few options for for those in the downtown area
September 2021 -- Delays for public washroom project should spur Council members to provide an update on much anticipated initiative
February 2021 -- City Council looks to be Lookie Loos on grant prospects for 24 hour public loo
February 2021 -- Council to consider opportunity to seek out funding for additional public restroom facilities in the city

More notes on the City's project themes can be explored here.

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