While you were away: A downtown news update

Thursday, August 21, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:50 a.m. CDT, Thursday, August 21, 2014
Empty balcony seats look down upon The Blue Note's Stage. Owner Richard King is selling the long standing music venue, along with its sister venue, Mojo's.

COLUMBIA — Students don't always care about Columbia City Council issues or real estate transactions, but a few things changed downtown this summer that could affect them.

  • Broadway Diner extends its hours: The new hours took effect July 30 and are as follows: Monday - Tuesday: 5 a.m. - 3 p.m.; it opens 5 a.m. Wednesday and closes 3 p.m. Sunday (that's right, the diner is open for 106 hours straight from Wednesday to Sunday).
  • Richard King sells The Blue Note: Matt Gerding and Scott Leslie will take the reins of Columbia's most popular music venue in October. The sale was a package deal: The entertainment business duo will also take on Mojo's, The Blue Note's sister venue on Park Avenueq. King said he loves what he does, but knows someone could do his job even better.

  • Mackenzie's Prime catches fire: A late-night fire destroyed a shed and part of the restaurant on June 26. The eatery was set to close at the end of June, but after the fire, it never reopened.

  • Opus development: The 259-bed student housing project on the north side of Locust Street between Seventh and Eighth streets downtown has faced controversy and delays. A citizen petition group called Repeal 6214 has filed two petitions against development agreements passed by City Council. The city was prepared to issue building permits to the developer but has been delayed by a lawsuit filed by members of the repeal group. If the developer is able to move forward, the new apartment complex is slated to open in August 2015.

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