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Creator of Riverside Food Lab takes helm of Chow Alley project

By in Press Enterprise on July 26, 2017

By Alicia Robinson

After another developer backed out, the company behind the Riverside Food Lab will work with the city to create an outdoor dining and entertainment space dubbed “Chow Alley” near Riverside City Hall.

Riverside officials had been in talks with Best Beverage Catering to craft a Chow Alley concept. The area is expected to include cafe tables, landscaping, food vendors and space for events such as live music and a farmers’ market. But the company withdrew from discussions in March, citing other commitments, a city report states.

The Riverside City Council on Tuesday, July 25, agreed to negotiate with Arteco Partners, doing business as Riverside Food Hall, for up to a year to develop Chow Alley along Main Street between 10th and 11th streets.

Arteco’s Jerry Tessier said he wants something that would complement the nearby Food Lab, an indoor food hall with 14 vendors and common seating next to the Fox Performing Arts Center. The outdoor project would be more entertainment-focused and could host small events such as a craft beer festival.

Once officials have a better idea of how Chow Alley will look, it will likely get a new name that better reflects the project’s theme, Tessier said. It could open in late 2018.

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