New Dining Options in Downtown Reno

By: Denise Wong Email
By: Denise Wong Email

It's struggled since it opened three years ago. But things are looking up for Reno's West Street Market.

Ninety-percent of the retail space is now leased out and a hotly new anticipated restaurant opened just a few days ago. With two more getting ready to open their doors, it has some wondering if this will be downtown Reno's newest dining district.

Kevin Coots is checking out the 900-square feet that will soon become Z Pie. It's the restaurant he created 13 years ago in Placerville - and now wants to introduce to Reno.

"I drove down, saw this market area and saw this building and we acted really quick. I think it's going to be a great fit," says Kevin Coots.

The environment is comforting to him. A lot like the food he'll be serving.

"I drove down, saw this market area and saw this building and we acted really quick. I think it's going to be a great fit," says Coots. He hopes the restaurant can open its doors by January. And he likes what's going on next door.

"We just opened a few days ago," says Larry Dunning, the co-owner of Bowl.

The kitchen of Bowl is bustling on this Wednesday, as workers prepare for the lunch crowd.

"It's basically a restaurant that serves food in a bowl and it's comfort food. Soul satisfying. Good eats," says Dunning.

Dunning believes so much in West Street Market, he and his busines partner will open up their second restaurant at the market next month. It's called Rawr and will serve raw food.

The fact that so many other businesses in the market have failed in the last three years doesn't faze Dunning. In fact, he's inspired by what he sees now.

"They wanted to make this a food center place," he says of the City of Reno's initial vision. "And I just feel like some of the businesses they had here did not really fit that niche. And I feel like the businesses that are coming in here are more in line with what their vision was in the beginning."

Diners agree.

"I like it," says Peter Larsen, a Reno resident who was eating at West Street Market. "I think downtown Reno needs more locally owned spots like this."

"Yeah, it's nice. Good atmosphere," says Erik Tom, another diner.

You don't have to open a restaurant in the market to make the space your own. The city actually rents out the area to anyone who wants to hold a party or an event there.

And that could be enticing to people during the holidays. But enterpreneurs here say anything that can get people down to this area is a good thing.

"We feel like the whole river walk area can be a dining district and just a place where people can come and hang out," says Dunning.

If you would like to rent out space at West Street Market, contact Peggy Nelson-Aguilar at City of Reno Parks and Recreation at 775-334-2414.

Open patio area: $300 for 8 hours.
Small Room (2 available) - Each: $45 an hour.
If you want to rent out the open patio area and the two rooms, it's $800 for 8 hours.
You will have to talk to the city about availability and see what it can work out for you.

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