5 Reasons to be Excited for the New Year!

Now more than ever, we are so excited to watch the growth of downtown New Port Richey! After seeing all that’s been accomplished in the last ten years, we’re ready to see even more get done in the next 12 months. Whether it’s a new project, like Keiser University, or a longstanding project, like the Hacienda Hotel, we’re optimistic about what 2021 holds!

Lots of exciting things happened in 2020, too! Check out these new restaurants, new shops, and all the other changes!

The Commons on Grand

The Commons on Grand is a modern dining hall with plans to open in February 2021! Located just south of Orange Lake, The Commons is home to four restaurants: the Urban Oak Brick Oven, That Little Bakery, Cotee River Creamery, and The Post Bar & Patio. The four businesses share a gorgeous front porch area, and will be a prime spot to eat and drink with events in the park!

For more information, visit CommonsOnGrand.com or check out their Facebook and Instagram!

Keiser University & the Parking Garage

Keiser University has begun construction on its campus at the corner of Main Street and US-19, a project that will be complete by June 2021! For downtown NPR, this means an influx of students, professors, and staff patronizing our shops and restaurants. It also means a shared City parking garage will be available for events and festivals! These two projects will contribute to the revitalized downtown gateway.

Growth of the Business Community

It would be impossible to capture our excitement for 2021 without mentioning all of the new businesses that are preparing to open their doors! East Main Street has come to life with new business owners. West Main Street, for the first time in years, is seeing steady foot traffic and scarce vacancies. Spots that became fan favorites last year, like Vampire Penguin and ADAPT Freshness, are seeing their decisions pay off. Businesses like Astro Cycles, a bike shop on Congress Street, are moving to downtown and cashing in on the growing momentum. We’re also excited for the grand opening of new businesses like Coastline Salt Room, which will contribute to the growth of downtown’s health and wellness niche by adding a unique yoga and meditation space!

The Hacienda Hotel

A long time coming, the Hacienda Hotel has been a project ‘in the works’ since the City purchased the historic property in 2003. After more than a decade of major repairs, veteran hotelier Jim Gunderson is seeing the project through its final stages. Set to open in early summer, the Hacienda will be an anchor for downtown. With 40 guest rooms, a dining area, restaurant, and back patio, the Hacienda will be perfect for day-trippers and staycationers!

Return of Events

Our fingers are crossed that we will see our signature events return to the community this year! From KIAfest to Trick-or-Treat, we’re ready to get out and celebrate with our friends and neighbors!