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Downtown Bakersfield getting new businesses

Three new restaurants expected to open on 18th St.
Posted: 12:00 PM, Mar 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-19 15:00:58-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — New businesses are getting ready to open in Downtown Bakersfield. Three new restaurants are in various stages of being open.

The owner of Angry Backyard Barbecue, Bobbi Duke, said they opened their restaurant in February. Angry Backyard Barbecue is a southern style barbecue restaurant with a southern twist on their sauces.

Next-door to Angry Backyard Barbecue will be Dot N Ott a restaurant and grocery store. Duke expects Dot N Ott to be open in April. Then down the street at 18th and Chester 18Hundred Bakersfield finally has signage on their building and furnishing inside their restaurant.

City Council member Andrae Gonzales said new restaurants aren't the only developments happening in Downtown Bakersfield. Within the last couple of months, Bryd electric scooters started, about 130 new curb access ramps have been installed at downtown intersections and new parking alignments have been installed. The city is also looking for a way to add ride sharing bicycles in the downtown area to encourage a more walkable bikeable downtown.

Council member Gonzales added the city is working on a plan to encourage the owners of downtown vacancies to either sell their buildings or add a new business in them. He hopes the city will have a plan around the time City Council votes on their next budget in July.