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Two new businesses are moving to the area on Central Street in Evanston east of the Metra tracks, says Alderman Jane Grover.

Grover, whose 7th Ward includes that stretch of Central, says retail space in the Central Station apartment building at 1720 Central has been leased for a restaurant. And 75 percent of the apartments in the building, which opened last October, are now leased.

Down the block, at the corner of Poplar Avenue, Beth Welch plans to open a pastry shop in the space that had been occupied by Danon Gallery.

Danon has moved two doors east. Owner Bob Danon, Grover says, is planning to host art gallery openings on the third Thursday of each month.

And Perennials, which moved recently from a spot west of the tracks to the storefront at 1808 Central, just east of the new Danon Gallery location, will hold a grand re-opening celebration May 1.

Across the street, Grover says, there have been many inquiries from prospective tenants for the three-store space at 1811-15 Central that formerly housed Karlson Kitchens.

And the CTA is planning to rehabilitate the south stairwell in its station at 1022 Central and the Chicago Mitzvah Campaign will turn the retail space at the landmark station into a hospitality suite for its Evanston Hospital patients and their families.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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