Cushman & Wakefield announced the opening of two new restaurants at The Shops at Esplanade, on the SEC of Camelback Rd. and 24th St.The new tenants are part of Esplanade owner, MetLife, and Cushman & Wakefield’s efforts to revitalize the property’s retail presence.“We have worked diligently with MetLife to attract an exciting and successful blend of restaurants and retailers at the property that will suit this market,” said Jon Cowen, senior director at Cushman & Wakefield. “The Camelback Corridor provides a fabulous market opportunity for the correct tenants and we’re pleased that ownership’s plan is coming to fruition.”Pearl Live!, a Scottsdale–based company, will open a sushi restaurant with live entertainment. Pearl Live! at the Esplanade will be the second sushi/entertainment concept for renowned restaurateur, Jimmy Carlin.The Esplanade location will feature a large, outdoor patio, an indoor/outdoor bar, and live music. Situated directly across from the Ritz Carlton, the space was previously occupied by Morton’s Steakhouse. Carlin plans to cater to the business lunch and happy hour crowds, but also provide an upscale venue at night.Bob Tam, former corporate chef for P.F. Chang’s and current director of culinary operations for Maven Hospitality Group (which recently opened The Strand Urban Italian in Downtown Phoenix), will be responsible for the creation of Pearl Live!’s menu. The approximate 7,977 SF sushi restaurant is slated to open in May.Solo Trattoria, a new concept from Chicago-based Gemstone Café Group, plans to open at the Esplanade in mid February. Brittany Harrison of Catalyst Commercial represented the tenant in this transaction, bringing the company’s first location to Arizona.The Modern Italian restaurant leased approximately 2,555 SF of space which was previously occupied by Picazzo’s Pizza. Solo Trattoria will feature Italian food, including Naples style thin crust pizza, authentic pastas, imported cheeses, and wine and beer.Jon Cowen and Summer Jackson of Cushman & Wakefield serve as exclusive leasing agents for The Shops at Esplanade. Larry Downey, Jerry Jacobs, and Michael Crystal lease the available office space for property owner MetLife.
The gap between the national response rate of residents having already filed a 2020 Census form, mostly online, and that of residents on the East End is rapidly growing. This problem is particularly acute in East Hampton and Shelter Island, though Southampton and Southold towns are also lagging behind.As of the morning of April 5, the U.S. Census Bureau received a completed form for 44.5 percent of all houses in its national address registry. Contrast that figure with the 16.1 percent response in East Hampton, 20.7 percent in Southampton, 22.9 percent in Southold, and just 3.1 percent response rate on Shelter Island. Riverhead, which gets most, if not all of its messages from the Census Bureau via USPS, is much closer to the national rate, reaching 38.1 percent as of April 5.The gap for the four East End townships that will be affected has been widening. On March 29, the national response rate was at 33.1 percent, while East Hampton stood at 9.8 percent.The growing issue is caused by the Census Bureau’s methodology on the East End, and its apparent failure to plan for an epidemic or pandemic like COVID-19.Most of the nation is contacted by the Census Bureau through the U.S. Postal Service, which has continued operating through the pandemic. But the postal service is not used by the Census Bureau across large parts of the East End. Instead, in an operation called Update Leave, all contact between the bureau and residents of about two thirds of East Hampton, and half of both Southampton and Southold, as well as all of Shelter Island, is done in person by Census workers.That operation, which was supposed to begin nationwide on March 15, has been suspended as a result of the novel coronavirus.Update Leave is employed in areas where the bureau believes there is a large number of second homes, or where mail is not delivered directly to houses.And the crisis is not isolated to the East End. Nationally, there are about five million households that are contacted through Update Leave. That includes two large areas of upstate New York, where either part or all of entire townships are counted under the program. The response rate for most of them sits between 3 and 15 percent.On the national level, Shelter Island and Puerto Rico have several things in common. Both are islands, entirely counted in 2020 via Update Leave, and have a current response rates well below 4 percent. But, while Shelter Island has an estimated population of a little under 2500, Puerto Rico has an estimated population of over 2.5 million.David McMillen, of Cutchogue, which is in Southold town, said as of Sunday he had not yet been contacted to be counted.McMillen is a statistician and former employee of the Census Bureau who went on to advise the oversight committees of the Census for both the Senate and House of Representatives. Local leaders, he said, are “overwhelmed” by COVID-19. Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman is one of them.The impact of coping with the economic fallout from the virus is at the forefront of many residents’ minds. “Many people were living paycheck to paycheck,” Schneiderman said last week. “A lot of people don’t have money for food, money for rent.” He has been coordinating response efforts across the board to the current crisis and its effects, not just the Census, but with things like rapidly-growing food pantry lines.“A lot of people never needed assistance in any way,” he said. “Now, they do.”But when Schneiderman was told of the failing Update Leave Census operation, he said he became very concerned. The final numbers of the 2020 decennial Census will determine how money is spent, where money is spent, and the legislative representation of the entire East [email protected] Share
Everything you need to know ahead of Tuesday’s game can be found below.LEICESTER RIDERSThe oldest professional club in British basketball, the Leicester Riders have firmly established themselves as one of the leading clubs in the BBL. 2013 was the Riders’ most successful season to date, completing the treble of the Championship, play-offs and BBL Cup, narrowly missing out on the quadruple with a BBL Trophy final loss to Sheffield Sharks. While last year witnessed Riders come up empty-handed, they have already booked themselves a place in the BBL Cup final in January along with a solid record of 10 wins and 1 loss, guaranteeing themselves second in the league heading into Christmas.HEAD COACHRob Paternostro – A former player in the BBL with Birmingham Bullets and Leicester Riders via a spell in Belgium with Power Wevelgem. Taking up the Riders’ reins in 2008, Head Coach Paternostro has proved to be the most succesfull coach in Riders history, guiding the team to the treble in 2013. Coach Paternostro is one a select few men to have won the BBL Coach of the Year on more than one occasion – in his first year as coach and in 2013. ONE TO WATCHTrayvonn Wright – One of the front runners for league MVP this season, the American currently averages 16.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Entering his second year in the BBL, Wright also leads the league in blocked shots per game, averaging 2.5 per contest.OFFICIALSTaking charge of Tuesday’s game will be Simon Unsworth, Dale Aitchison and Stephen Desmond.LAST TIME OUTRiders inflicted Flyers’ heaviest defeat of the season, 59-82 in their only visit to the SGS WISE Arena in the BBL.DID YOU KNOW?Coach Paternostro excelled in several sports in high-school – he was an all-city athlete in soccer and baseball.