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July 21, 2010

Mahaffey's to open Bistro Rx in former Three ... space

Mahaffey's, the Canton bar known for its wide array of craft beers, is opening a "wine-centric" restaurant called Bistro Rx in the old Three ... space in Patterson Park, owner Wayne Mahaffey wrote in an e-mail.

Bistro Rx could open as early as Sept. 16, Mahaffey wrote. The name pays tribute to Block's Pharmacy, which occupied the building at 2901 E. Baltimore St. for years. Sun food guru Laura Vozzella will have more info when she returns to the office tomorrow.


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Posted by Sam Sessa at 3:06 PM | | Comments (10)
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Wasn't this the big space that 8 Patterson Park residents bought? Or am I wrong?

I live close by. I'm really excited by the prospect of a new wine centric restaurant in the neighborhood.

Yes, GMan, it's the same ownership group. They're renting out the restaurant space to Wayne Mahaffey.

I wish it all the success. Patterson Park needs places like that right on the park.

I live about 2 blocks from this place and I do hope it will be successful. It's a great location and parking is normally relatively easy to find. I think Three was a tad ambitious and tried to be a little too upscale. I know there were a few other factors that led to it's closing but I think this spot should try to rachet it down a tad and focus on being a somewhat upscale corner tavern/restaurant. Being that it's so close to the park, I can't see how it would hurt to try and attract crowds from the numerous sports leagues that play in the park year round. If they maintain the outdoor seating I think that will help draw customers. I think getting a good loyal customer base is super important to the success of a restaurant. As an owner, I think I would prefer slightly lower pricing to attract customers that come in once a week versus having higher prices with customers coming in once a month. I know there are many people that enjoy wine but I'm not sure how it would be received in that location. That all being said, I hope it works out for Mahaffey's North.

How are you supposed to pronounce the name?

Bistro Rex?
Bistro Perscription?
Bistro 'Script?

the place still has the drug store name in stone- I used to joke with 3's owner about that. Although the only water I drink is Deer Park any place over there needs Miller Lite or Bud Lite or whatever on tap.

You know I'm trying to imagine something run by that fine man Wayne as "upscale"--not in the fine selection of world-class potables, mind you, but in terms of tablecloths, menu binders, polished silverware...........

Nope. Nope. Can't get my head around that.

Anyway, I'm pretty certain he'll come up with a fine place. Let us know when we can slip in for a visit.

AS A FORMER OWNER OF BLOCK'S RX FROM 1979-1998 I AM HAPPY TO NOTE THE TRIBUTE. IT WILL MAKE USE OF THE EXISTING ENTRANCE STOOP WITH THE RX EMBEDDED. THE HISTORY IS ALMOST LEGENDARY IN NEIGHBORHOOD. THE NAME HAS BEEN BLOCK'S SINCE 1933. LOOKING FORWARD TO SUCCESS WITH THE NEW OPENING.

Per Twitter, this place is opening tonight

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