Caffe Italia used to offer a blank wall to Gladstone sidewalk users. The wall is much banged up and patched as motorists periodically fail to make the turn. These cracks and patches are now so frequent that they make an interesting old-world texture on the building.
Recently, they added a row of pictures to the wall. Neatly framed, they mimic windows, with a viewpoint that changes as you walk along the sidewalk and see the bar and dining areas “inside”. Clever, simple, and very well done, they successfully enliven the sidewalk experience.
Just another reason Preston deserves it’s destination reputation.