Chihuly Collection said farewell to Beach Drive and moved into its new home across from the Morean Arts Center on Central Avenue. In an expansion fittingly coined as the “400 Beach Annex,” part of this upcoming vacancy will be taken over by neighboring restaurant 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House and recreated into a family-oriented food, art and shopping venue. The Annex is scheduled to open in March.
Opening early for breakfast and coffee, the Annex will feature a charming sidewalk café that serves quick countertop selections (think: eggs, waffles, bagels, croissants, soups and sandwiches) all while overlooking the quaint, gorgeous view of Straub Park.
“There was a call from locals and tourists alike for an early morning eatery on this side of the block,” says owner Steve Westphal on the inspiration behind the idea.
In the midst of food and local culture, the other half of the market will focus on the shopping portion of the venue; items will range from Beach Drive souvenirs to clever, park-friendly picnic baskets packed with soccer balls, Frisbees, and snacks to take across the street for a festive afternoon.
Since weekly hours are expected to range from 7:30 AM to 10 PM, strolling patrons can even stop in during the evening for soft-serve ice cream and homemade waffle cones.