The Cosmopolitan Tavern downtown is making plans for an eventual move. In case you missed it, the Lanfranco family detailed its long-term plans before the city council last week to move to a surprising place: The Selland Arena parking lot. The family will build anew on the property. You can read lots more about it in this story by Bee reporter Marc Benjamin.
Cosmo’s — as it’s called around here — is in the path of a high-speed rail. Unlike Angelo’s Drive In, which is also in the path of high-speed rail and closed recently, Cosmo’s is not only committed to staying open, but to staying downtown. The Lanfrancos say they need to be out of their current property by December.
It will be interesting to see what a new Cosmo’s looks like. The restaurant has been around for 80 years and the property has been owned by the family since 1900. Part of the restaurant’s appeal is that old-school dark dining room with its heavy wood bar. One gets the impression a lot of deals and important business meetings happen over lunches there. Here’s hoping they can take that vibe with them to the new place.