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Three cheers for three new businesses in Downtown Evansville

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Babel is opening on May 30 on Main Street. Babel is opening on May 30 on Main Street.

Three new businesses are moving into Downtown Evansville,  in hopes of cashing in on the area's revitalization.

The newest bar, Babel, has a swanky, sophisticated atmosphere.

Owners say before 10:00 p.m. the restaurant will be open to everyone and after 10:00 p.m., it's 21 years of age and up.

Co-owner Aaron Kiefer says they're targeting mid-20s to mid-30s. Couches replace traditional dining tables.

Ideally, the owners say they're focused on having a relaxed bar and lounge that will offer live music and unique cuisine.

"We're hoping to bring a new atmosphere down to downtown. As far as our menu, we're going to have sushi and we're going to have a lot of other types of food other than sushi, but our focus is cooking that is healthy, so it's not necessarily healthy food, it's just food that's cooked healthy," Kiefer said.

"After 5:00 it's pretty much dead Monday through Friday, there's not much to do," David Kooyman said.

The people demanded nightlife and that's what they're getting.

"You're young and hip and people who like to go downtown and have a nice drink and have some good food at the same time listen to some good music," Kiefer said.
Another new bar, The Vault, has applied for a liquor license. The Vault is located at the old Little Cheers location.

Officials say new bars breed camaraderie, not competition.  

"That way when people come down here, they're not thinking I'm coming down here for one item, we're going to check out Main Street, see what's going on, see what's happening," Shance Sizemore said. 

Sizemore with the Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville says their goal is to encourage redevelopment of the empty spaces downtown.  

For example, the empty spot left by Fitness Zone.

Zuki, a hibachi restaurant with one location on Green River Road, is opening a second location in the old Fitness Zone building.

"Hopefully it brings new business downtown for sure. It's here, but people don't really know about it," Seth Kendall said. 

"You might run across a business or a restaurant you didn't know was here, so you can come here instead of going out to the east side or Green River Road," Demetrius Fingers.

Officials hope with each new addition, interest to move downtown continues to grow.
"If you build it, they'll come and you'll see businesses grow," Kooyman said. 

Babel is opening on May 30th.  

Babel is the only bar on Main Street that will be serving Tin Man beer on tap.  

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