Work has begun outside the former McGowen Cleaners — closed since 2015 — on the corner of Fairview and Morse streets, the site of the planned Vibrant restaurant. Last May, Vibrant’s owners bought the 3,909-sq.-ft. brick building, along with 2 adjacent neighbors to the south; they plan to open their Lake Flato-designed restaurant inside the corner building in March. The above rendering shows a patio that would be cut into its corner — and a garden lining the street, where chunks of chopped-up pavement now lie.
The rendering also shows tall windows being created where clerestory windows currently face Fairview. The clerestories are visible in the center of this photo of the 1931 Fairview St. building from last year, when the property was up for sale:
An August construction permit for the building also reveals plans to install a bike rack along Morse St, shown left of the building in the view below:
- Previously on Swamplot: McGowen Cleaners For Sale on Fairview Near Restaurant-Slated Former Te House of Tea; Lake Flato Restaurant Redo To Take a Bite Out of Fairview’s Former McGowen Cleaners; Newly Sold McGowen Cleaners Building Getting Liquored Up on Fairview St.
Images: Katie Schon (photos), Lake Flato (rendering)