SUMMER FEST EVE: The Hydrant uncloaks, eight years later

On Summer Fest Eve 2015, that sign appeared in the window of what previously was a butcher shop at 4541 California SW, next to Next-to-Nature in The Junction. Over the subsequent eight years, the “coming soon” has never transitioned to “now open.” We checked in now and then, and finally stopped checking. Then tonight:

(Photo sent by Joseph)

Suddenly the paper’s down and the space is open. A person who said they were affiliated with it told us – as the chalkboard signage says – it’s rented to City Council candidate Phil Tavel this weekend (he’s having a campaign event, and they’re offering it for rentals, but they’re waiting for permit approvals before they can open. We’ll see what more we can find out over the course of the festival weekend.

10 Replies to "SUMMER FEST EVE: The Hydrant uncloaks, eight years later"

  • Eddie July 14, 2023 (5:48 am)

    When I looked through the window last night, I had a huge “dejavu” moment. Don’t remember when, but it seems as if I’d been in there before for an art walk-y or pop up type event. Couldn’t tell you when tho.Best of luck with those permits.

  • Gina July 14, 2023 (7:51 am)

    I’ll believe it when the Anita’s Hallmark sign comes down! Small World children’s clothing, Snubby’s, what else occupied that spot folks?

    • LyndaB July 14, 2023 (11:11 am)

      I knew it as Coffee to Tea with Sugar.

      • WSresident July 14, 2023 (12:15 pm)

        The butcher shop 

  • JunctionGnome July 14, 2023 (8:20 am)

    How were they able to afford rent (or not rent it out) for 8 years!

    • CC July 14, 2023 (9:39 am)

      My question, too…

      • max34 July 14, 2023 (10:19 am)

        since they’ve been working on it for so long, its probably covered by the pet store revenue. 

  • ttttttt July 14, 2023 (8:38 am)

    Looks great! 

  • David July 14, 2023 (10:08 am)

    Congratulations on that! Good things come to those who wait and wait and wait…

  • Cara G July 25, 2023 (4:56 pm)

    Can’t wait to check it out with out pup. Best of luck on the permitting process!

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