The big news on the Drive right now, according to a lot of social media publicity, is the official opening of the Downlow Chicken Shack at 905 Commercial (which used to be Deserts).
This is a spinoff from the Nashville hot chicken sandwich that is a favourite at Merchants Workshop at 1590 Commercial.
The newly renovated store has 24 seats and the sandwiches start at about $12.00. They had a test run earlier in the month and were open during Italian Day where the lineups were extravagant.
Also available for Italian Day, and now opened full time, is the Honest Juice Bar which has taken over the storefront at 1106 Commercial, a space that has been sorrily vacant for more than four years.
On a sadder note, the Reef Restaurant appears to have closed. On Italian Day, they had a sign saying it was their last day and thanking the Drive for 10 good years.