That’s what someone thinks White Oak Drive is becoming.
Is White Oak Drive becoming a cozier, more walkable version of nearby Washington Avenue as a restaurant-entertainment hub?
One local real estate agent thinks so.
White Oak is more concentrated with restaurants and bars in a much smaller area, said Jeff Trevino, a local commercial real estate agent who has done work on both streets.
Washington is three miles long and the restaurants and bars are spread out, he said. By comparison, White Oak is about a mile long, and many of the restaurants are popping up along a quarter-mile stretch between Studemont and Oxford.
BB’s Cajun Cafe recently announced it will open a new location on White Oak at Studemont.
Tacos A Go Go, D’Amico’s Italian Market, and Christian’s Tailgate are also planning to open soon there.
Already on White Oak are Onion Creek, a cafe and bar; Fitzgerald’s nightclub; Jimmy’s Ice House and Beer Island.
Most of the new restaurants are in old buildings, Trevino noted, which gives the area charm. A greater percentage of bars and restaurants along Washington are in new strip centers, he said.
It’s a little hard for me to judge the comparison, since none of these places are open yet. I’ll say this much – I have no idea where all of the patrons of these future eateries are going to park. The properties that are being rehabbed for the new venues didn’t have much parking space on them, and street parking is already at a premium thanks to Onion Creek. And if you look at a map of the area, there’s not much available on other streets nearby for the Studewood to Oxford area. If the Washington Wave were to extend service to White Oak would help some, but I don’t know how much. Don’t get me wrong, I’m delighted to have all these places opening up so close to where I live, I’m just wondering how they’re going to deal with that.