The 1618 Downtown location is an extension of the 1618 Seafood Grille on Friendly Avenue and the 1618 Wine Lounge. The restaurant, photographed above just before dinner, is located on South Elm Street, near Scuppernong Books and across the street from Cheesecake by Alex. We read that owner/manager Nick Wyatt loved the historic building and the fact that it was centrally located. The building is known as the Book Trader Building, harkening back to the days it was a bookstore. The restaurant seats 65 and also has a retail wine store inside.*
We hope that the owner will add some history to the restaurant's website. It would be nice to know more about the building, as well as the date that it opened. We're estimating it has been open for about a year and a half. The restaurant takes its name, 1618 DOWNTOWN, from the fact that it is located downtown and that the original restaurant has a street address of 1618 Friendly Avenue. When looking for it, do not be confused, given the address for 1618 DOWNTOWN is actually 312 South Elm Street.
Today is ABC Wednesday and for our A-Z Alphabet 2016 Series with the letters prominently displayed, "D" is for "DOWNTOWN." This sign was painted by Greensboro artist, Sage Hanna Betts. We had another contender for the "D" slot, which we will feature tomorrow. It is a "D" word that is important to Greensboro, but we were simply smitten by Sage Hanna's letters- the all-caps font with the skyline featured inside. Brilliant!