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Just yesterday I noticed that the Towne Restaurant was getting a facade fix-up. To tell you the truth, I’ve never paid too much attention to this corner, other than stumbling in (years ago) at 4am for some breakfast munchies. Yesterday was different – I stopped and stood in front of the building for the first time, looking at the actual building… and it was quite nice. The stripping of some of the exterior has created a slight historic sparkle, where I don’t remember seeing anything too memorable before. It turns out that this building might actually have some hidden character that could be brought brought back to life.

When I got home I took a look at Google maps to see if the exposed brick had been covered up previously. It’s tough to tell, but it looks as if the brick had been painted. The red bricks that have been exposed give the facade a “pop” that it never had before. If a small amount of brick can be so noticeable, then what else is hiding behind that exterior? The dull monotone colors of the old Towne looked drab. Not to say that the business is not a successful Allentown institution, it’s just that this crucial urban corner deserves a fresh (historic) look that it appears to be getting… if even slightly? I’m hoping to see something uplifting and sensitive to the street… it wouldn’t be hard to transform Towne Restaurant into an absolute jaw-dropper if the right direction was taken.




Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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