"We're seeing a number of eateries that have a presence elsewhere and want to bring their successful formula to downtown Green Bay," said Executive Director Jeff Merkes.But even before demolition began, this Erberts & Gerberts sandwich shop planned to expand. It opens Friday across from it's current location in the 200 block of N. Washington Street. There was a new buzz about downtown last fall.
"More customers come in. More newer faces in the door. Deliver has picked up at night.," said General Manager Dennis Gorman.
And that success will continue to be aided by new attractions like the Children's Museum of Green Bay and a new convention center.
"Just the opportunity of having fun working down here with the kids down the street, when they start coming in and with the business people downtown," said Gorman.
Such smaller business don't make for a full-blown downtown revitalization. But downtown boosters say such commitments are a good start.
"It creates an opportunity for certain retailers who want to have a presence here," Gorman said.
Local 5's Terry Kovarik has the story.