Move Over 1st Fridays: Here Come WindDown Wednesdays

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After a day of work at the Grove coworking space, Christina Kane “wound down” Wednesday with a glass of Chardonnay and some meatball hors d’oeuvres and the jazz stylings of the Nick Biello Quartet—and took out her cellphone so a new downtown tradition could be memorialized on Instagram.

Kane (at center in photo) was inside a new Orange Street restaurant-nightclub called The 9th Note during happy hour. That happy hour served as the inaugural “WindDown Wednesday,” a new weekly event beginning in the Ninth Square.

The downtown district inaugurated the new event to build on the success of its summertime “First Friday On9” series drawing crowds to special events at restaurants, galleries, and businesses (mostly) during summer months. Click here and here to read about some past On9 evenings.

Biello’s New York-based quartet, also known as NB4, served as the main entertainment for Wednesday’s WindDown kick-off.

“First Fridays are fantastic! It brings so many people down to Ninth Square. I just hope this will do the same,” stated 9th Note owner Christian O’Dowd.

According to Chris Ortwein, who works for the Town Green Special Services District, had the idea of expanding on First Fridays with WindDown Wednesdays, which will feature live music and discounted appetizers and drinks..

“I was reading an article about the 99 days of summer and thought, ‘Oh my god! Why don’t we combine all three over a short period of time for the summer month?”  In the winter Ortwein was also approached by restaurant owners who were wondering how to expand and host more events in the district. 

Ortwein is packaging the Wednesday and Friday events as a broader marketing campaign called “99 On9” covering special events running from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Another event, PrixFive On9, will take place July 13-18. It will feature three-course dinners sold for $19.99 and lunch boxes for $9.99. The final event, Taste On9 on Aug. 9 , will serve feature international food samples.

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posted by: Babz Rawls Ivy on May 30, 2014  9:00pm

Oh I had a FABULOUS time! The bartender made a damned good manhattan(s)! Sitting at the bar with some great folks, having great conversations… And we even raised a bar-wide toast to the late Maya Angelou! It just felt right.

I think this will be added to my list of regular haunts!