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One Downtown Corpus Christi street to see openings of three businesses

Posted at 10:38 PM, May 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-03 23:42:51-04


Chaparral Street in Downtown Corpus Christi already has a large number of restaurants, bars, and entertainment options. But now it’s getting three more almost at the same time.

“This is turning into a place where businesses want to come,” Communication and Events Manager for the Downtown Management District Jordan Michael said.

Lucy’s Snackbar opened three weeks ago on Chaparral between Williams and Lawrence streets. The establishment is still waiting for its license to sell beer and wine, but a number of coffee drinks and other fare are already available.

Across the street and two blocks north, Fresco is not looking to sell beer and wine. But according to signs on the exterior of the building the restaurant shares with Mulligan’s Pub, it will offer quick bites like fruit cups, smoothies, and other things. The DMD couldn’t say exactly when Fresco will open, and the restaurant’s Instagram page only says that it’s coming soon.

A soft-opening Memorial Day Weekend and a grand opening the following weekend are the goals for Moonshine & Ale Piano Bar.

“If you look at piano bars, they’re always in a group of other bars or other restaurants,” Moonshine & Ale Owner Perry Thomson said. “So it just made sense with what the city was trying to do and what we do.”

Moonshine & Ale is near other bars and restaurants including being directly across the street from the popular Executive Surf Club. The DMD thinks that’s the perfect location.

“It drives visitors to actually walk around and visit different establishments during their trips instead of just visiting one place at a time,” Michael said.

Michael and Thomson agree that a good location isn’t the only thing that Moonshine & Ale has to offer. They say it’s an entertainment form that big cities have that Corpus Christi doesn’t. Professional musicians who can play thousands of songs will take requests and play them – encouraging the audience to join-in the performance.

“It’s very popular in other cities,” Michael said. “We think it’s going to fill that void for Corpus.”

“This is a sing-along piano bar,” Thomson said. “You sing along to the songs. You don’t just sit there saying, ‘What are they doing? What are they doing?’ I mean it’s truly a sing-along, and when people sing-along they feel connected. When they feel connected they feel ownership in the place.”

While it will be professional musicians providing the entertainment, Moonshine & Ale is hiring bartenders, servers, and hosts. If you’d like to apply click here.