San Jose, California clears way for airport expansion with hotel

Despite plummeting airline traffic over the past two months, San Jose leaders have unanimously passed an ambitious plan to expand the Mineta San Jose International Airport. Read the San Jose Mercury News story here

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Graduate hotel proposed for downtown Auburn, Alabama

At its planned video-conference meeting on May 14, the Auburn Planning Commission will consider a conditional-use request for a project that is set to bring a five-story hotel to downtown Auburn. Read The Auburn Villager story here

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New Orleans Hard Rock demo gets green light

Plans to demolish the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans, which partially collapsed in October, were given the go-ahead Thursday after months of disagreements between the developer and the city. Read the ABC News/The Associated Press story here

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Austin eatery pivots to virtual dinner party concept

Chef Page Pressley shifted gears when the coronavirus pandemic forced him to delay the planned opening of his new restaurant, Foxtail, in Austin, Texas. Now, he is launching his adapted Foxtail Supper Club concept, which features a rotating menu of meal kits filled with local ingredients that customers are invited to prepare during an online dinner party with 10 other guests. Read the CultureMap story here

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Surprising wine scene taking hold in Pennsylvania

About 10 years ago, Scott Zoccolillo went through a conversion. Skepticism turned into amazement, followed by searching, fervor and, finally, evangelism. It’s an experience shared by many sommeliers: an appreciation for Pennsylvania wine. Read the Wine Enthusiast Magazine online story here

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Denver airport seeks funds to speed renovations

Denver International Airport wants to take advantage of reduced activity and distribute an additional $560 million to contractors to expedite renovations. The City Council is expected to vote on the funding soon. Read The Business Journals story here

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Boston reveals plan for bridge replacement

Boston officials have unveiled their vision for a bridge to replace the Northern Avenue swing bridge that links downtown with the Seaport across the mouth of Fort Point Channel. The structure would offer two spans for pedestrians and cyclists, plus a bus lane and a waterfront walkway. Read the Boston story here

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Houston-area toll lanes on pace for completion

A 10.3-mile stretch of toll lanes in both directions on Texas State Highway 288 into Houston remains on schedule to be completed this summer. Construction on the project has moved quickly as fewer drivers have been on the highway due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read the Houston Chronicle story here

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Minneapolis indie coffee shops brew reopening plans

Independent coffee shops in Minneapolis largely shut down during the pandemic and some are slowly reopening for takeout service with precautions in place, including shields between staff and customers, and contactless payment systems. Operators say some customers are coming back and showing support by buying extra food or gift cards. Read the Star Tribune story here

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$100M Hyatt Regency in Frisco, Texas, nears debut

When Frisco’s new Hyatt Regency opens on June 1, there won’t be a lot of fanfare. The 18-story, more than $100 million luxury hotel, which has been on the way for two years, is connected to the Stonebriar Centre shopping mall. Read The Dallas Morning News story here

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