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Temple: Residents head downtown as businesses showcase what they have to offer

Guests received a map with more than 20 stops around downtown with First Street serving as a...
Guests received a map with more than 20 stops around downtown with First Street serving as a model of potential for the rest of downtown.(Megan Vanselow)
Updated: May. 27, 2021 at 10:53 AM CDT
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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) - Temple residents returned to downtown Wednesday evening as businesses, old, new and in the works showcased what they have or will have to offer.

The tour Wednesday evening started at Santa Fe Plaza, a new downtown business park and courtyard housing the Temple Chamber, Temple ISD, Workforce and others.

Guests received a map with more than 20 stops around downtown with First Street serving as a model of potential for the rest of downtown.

“You see the investment that Temple is putting into our street alone,” J.d. McBride, owner of Fire Base Brewing said Wednesday.

In the last year, Fire Base Brewing, Treno Pizzeria, First Street Roasters, Mexiko Cafe, and the Santa Fe Marketplace food truck park all opened despite the pandemic.

“When we started that project there were almost empty buildings everywhere now you go look at it and everything is full,” David Patrick with Kasberg Patrick and Associates said about First Street.

By the end of 2021 work on two parking garages downtown will begin, one of which will also be on First Street.

“Everyone’s downtown believes they’ve arrived when they have a parking garage. We’re about to have two,” Patrick said.

“The public improvements inspires that private investment.”

Other stops on the tour include a new location for Bates’ Bird Creek Burger Company, City Eats Food Hall slated for a 2022 opening, representatives tasked with renovating the Hawn Hotel and Arcadia theater and many more.

“One mindset people have is that there’s more business means less for me but the more competition I have, the more options people have when they come downtown,” Rick Walker, one of the principal partners at City Eats.

Many offered tours of their buildings that often come with a lot of history in downtown, offering samples, treats and a great time.

“We’re excited to get everyone back out and see the things that have been going on downtown since COVID,” Patrick said.

“The possibilities that are down here is exactly why we chose Temple. We are trying to build this community up and showcase what this downtown can be,” McBride added.

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