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Restaurant Renaissance in Downtown Pensacola

PENSACOLA   --  A restaurant come-back in Pensacola.
Just a few months ago, several restaurants on Gregory Street were empty.
         
The buildings are now opening with new business.
For the past 20 years, when you walked into this building it was Hall's Seafood.  Now it looks totally different right?!   This is just one of many new restaurants opening in the area...

Reina Merina dreamt of opening a Mexican restaurant in Downtown Pensacola for years.  It wasn't until Hall's Seafood closed back in August that it became a reality for her to open Chi-Cali.

We were expecting to do for people of Pensacola, give them something new, something they haven't seen. We love the Aztecs, Mayas and everything, For 3 years we were thinking of new ideas to bring to Pensacola.

Just a few months ago, several buildings were empty along Gregory Street.   Almost looking like a restaurant graveyard. But restaurant realtor, Michael Carro says things are looking up.  Deals are in the works for several locations...

The entire area is being rejuvenated with fresh new restaurants, we are in front of Chi-Cali,  Taste of India has taken the old Caribbean Soup Kitchen, I'm working on two national brands in Downtown Pensacola

He can't release what restaurants will be opening soon.  But he thinks the deals should be finalized by the end of the year.  
   
Carro says the secret to success is staying relevant.

Once you lose your relevancy in the marketplace, that's when you will see new restaurants come in and take over old locations....

'm working with groups from six different states, all looking to open up shop here....
 
It's hard find anyone downtown against a restaurant renaissance.  They just hope some of the restaurants are here to stay...

It just seeing the economy is improving again I hope, that's part of it, seeing different restaurants like Taste of India, nice to add culture to the area