|Vintage postcard of the Beachcomber Motel, later known as Erieview Motel|
First of all, the long-awaited demolition of the Erieview Motel (originally the Beachcomber) happened a few days ago.
(The Morning Journal’s coverage of the demolition included a link to my blog, as well as some quotes of mine from back in 2015 in which I criticized the city for how quickly it dubbed the West Erie Avenue motels nuisances that needed to be demolished. I groaned when I read my opinions in the article, as it reminded me of how I was beat up because of them on the blog back then.)Just a little bit to the east of the steaming pile of motel rubble is the former Castle Restaurant. Since 2014, it had been doing business as Castillo Mexicano. Along with a recent change in management, the restaurant now has a new name: Papasitos & Beer Mexican Grill. I wish the new restaurant team well.
Lastly, a little bit further to the east, the Morning Journal has moved into the building that was home to various restaurants, as well as the former McDonald’s.
I first noticed the Morning Journal sign there a week ago and did a double-take.
I wish the Morning Journal good luck in its new home. (It’s going to need it; I noticed that the paper's newsstand price is now two dollars – double that of the Chronicle-Telegram.)