Downtown's momentum took a hit when chef Matt Carter's Asian fusion spot Nine 05 abruptly closed its doors three months ago, but soon the corner of 4th Street and Garfield will show signs of life again.
Fez owner Mark Howard tells me he's working on a "very fun" new restaurant that will "bring with it a fresh new look at a comfort menu." He also has a bar/club in the works.
(The corner property has two buildings -- one that housed Nine 05, and one that Carter had intended to make into a gastropub.)
Howard says he's working with new partners for this venture, not his current partners in Fez.
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Future details -- like the name, food, and tentative opening date -- are still under wraps, but Howard promises to keep Chow Bella readers in the loop when he's ready to announce more specifics.