This past May Chadders, a clone of In-n-Out Burger suddenly closed its doors state-wide. Since then, the location on 9th East where the Provo Chadders had recently been built has remained vacant.
Good news – the location has a new tenant, and it’s a Diner.
T’s Diner offers a creative mix of breakfast favorites, standard diner fare, and ‘Southern-Colorado Style’ Mexican Food.
From what I can tell, the location has kept much of the Chadder’s look, but has certainly expanded the menu. Hours are 6am til 11pm, except for Friday and Saturday when it’s open til Midnight.
It’s always great to see a new diner in Provo, especially one that makes up a pretty delicious homemade Hash Browns. Prices are also very reasonable, with a burger-fries-drink running about $5.
Last year, while campaigning, there was an issue which was frequently brought up by fellow residents in Downtown Provo: our need for more bike lanes. I had the honor of chairing the Transportation committee this year and was able to work in tandem with the Provo Bike Committee to ensure that Provo began planning better for bicycle infrastructure within the city.
Reading about Orem’s recent move towards adopting a pedestrian/bike plan, I was reminded of the immense success we had this year.
We modified our City’s general plan over the summer, adding plans for a major increase in the number of trails and bike lanes within the city, as well as formalizing the new goal of achieving official recognition as a bike friendly city and doing everything necessary to do so. One of the cities excellent employees, Phil Uhl, worked tirelessly to assist in the creation of a feasible bike plan map. The council, and particularly the mayor have been wonderful to work with in working towards adding dozens of miles of new bike lanes and trails to our city.
Significant inroads have already been made towards these goals, with several miles of bike lanes having been constructed already. One of the most recent additions can be seen on 100 S between 500 West and 200 North. I had the great opportunity to ride the new bike lane last week, and would like to thank the city for following through on its commitment to the bicyclists and pedestrians of the city.
I have attached a picture of the new road, with it’s bright new bike lanes just painted as viewed from where I’m sitting in City Hall.
It’s anticipated that the city will see the arrival of a new hotel, likely a Hyatt Place, directly behind the Convention Center on the largely vacant block where Juice and Java now resides on 100 North.
The council recently voted to support the construction of this hotel by assisting the developer, Peg development (they built the new Zion’s bank building) with the issuance of bonds using Tax Increment Financing. The development will also contain a large amount of retail space and possibly some office space as well. Java aficionados can rest easy as the developer has committed to keeping Juice and Java on the block, albeit in a newer building.
There is a Hyatt Place next to the airport in Salt Lake City – they are very nice and tend to be targeted towards business travelers.
The city is also assisting with the cost of constructing parking garages with the intent of having some of these spaces allocated towards meeting the city’s obligation to provide parking for the convention center.
As you can see from the pictures, this block is largely neglected and will be completely revitalized with the proposed hotel as well as the retail center which will also be put in.
Utah county is funding the construction of the convention center, but Provo city has provided much of the property being developed on. Additionally, the city committed last year to providing parking spots for the convention center.
Construction will continue for some time, and is one of many projects actively going on in the city (Nuskin’s new building, Joaquin Village, Hyatt Place and several other large student developments).
Most of the construction is being funded with the proceeds of the county’s hotel tax.
The convention center will be located directly to the west across the street from the Provo Mariott Hotel.