Albert Street (built 1913). I’m torn. A new diner has opened in the Royal Albert Hotel’s big green monster of an addition. Although the addition has been around for as long as I can remember, I was really happy when I heard about the current owner’s plans to remove it, thus restoring the hotel’s once glorious facade. Like so many redevelopment plans in downtown Winnipeg, though, this plan has obviously been completely forgotten (What up, Daren?).
I’m happy for the couple that opened the diner. Winnipeg needs this kind of ambitious entrepreneurialism. I ate the diner last weekend, and it was pretty good. But have a look at this this historic photo, and tell me Albert Street wouldn’t be a better place without the addition.