Old Building Gets New Life on South Wells

RENO, Nev.--Business inside the Cafe DeLuxe was busier than expected on its first day of serving customers Tuesday.

"What we are doing here is offering familiar foods kinda with a higher standard of ingredients," said cafe owner Barrie Schuster.

She says she's passionate about three things; food, the wells avenue neighborhood, and historic architecture. She couldn't pass up an opportunity to open shop in the old deluxe laundry.

"This cafe would not exist if it was not in this location, it is extremely significant," said Schuster.

For 60 years people washed, dried, and folded inside the walls of the DeLuxe. But after the owner died in 2004, the building was abandoned and became a nuisance.

"There was graffiti everywhere, all over the building on the brick. All of the windows were bashed out or shot out," said developer Kelly Rae who rehabbed the building with her partner Pam Haberman.

"Everybody, young and old, stop to say thank you," said Rae

1690 South Wells is now filled with 10 lofts, an art gallery, and of course that new cafe. Its decor focuses on the neighborhood's past, and the owner looks to its future.

"I think it is a logical next step for me to have faith in the work that we have all done in the neighborhood for me to open a business here," said Schuster.


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