We waited and waited and waited... On cold winter nights, as we biked home from Ebisu station, passing by a huge construction site, big holes and puddles on the narrow street, it seemed they will never-ever finish...
But they did and what a beautiful job it is! Spring Valley Brewery, aka Log Road -- opened today. Gorgeous morning to get started.
There is a brewery/gastro-pub, artisanal donut shop (Blue Star), some interesting retail. Plus a bakery coming next month (San Francisco Tartine). All of these located along the beautifully landscaped promenade that stretches for a good quarter of a mile.
It reminds me of the High Line in NYC a little bit. Of course, different scale but the feel is similar. Just like the High Line, Log Road can serve as an example of a creative re-use of rundown, neglected urban space.
Both promenades run along or above railway tracks (but as opposed to the rust-covered viaduct on the West Side in NY, subway lines in Tokyo are very much in use -- during rush hour, a train runs every 2.5 min!).
Upon finishing my first breakfast of farm beer-bread with Hokkaido butter and rhubarb jam, I declared "I want to live here." (Other options in the exit-survey we were given included "Houston we've got a problem.") I am not planning to move in, but the space seems inviting and I can definitely see myself working (blogging?) there in the mornings (they offer free wifi).
And if the weather finally starts cooperating (hello Tokyo spring, where are you?)... a great place to stroll, hang out, and gaze at all the Daikanyama fasnionistas.
See you soon!