As we all know, South Palm Springs has had some challenging development projects and some turnover with businesses. But there’s also good news. Palm Springs’ transformation from retiree oasis to retiree oasis AND hipster haven has brought “new” business to our part of town. “Recent” arrivals include: Dead or Alive Bar, Kreem Ice Cream and Coffee, and Villa Royal/Del Rey Restaurant.
Dead or Alive Bar
150 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs
Open Monday through Thursday 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Proprietor: Christine Soto
Dead or Alive Bar is a low-key nook described by THE ZAGAT REVIEW as: “A glowing, sunlike orb casts a soft light on this neighborhood watering hole in downtown Palm Springs, where an eclectic beer and wine selection plus small snacks are served in an intimate room with an illuminated bar.”
Kreem Ice Cream and Coffee
170 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs
Open Sunday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Proprietor: Bianca Simonian
Kreem This mid-mod ice cream parlor and coffee shop opened in March 2018. Alll ice creams are hand-made in-house and are based with organic and natural ingredients. Non-gmo, no preservatives or additives. Coffee is sourced from Portland-based Heart Coffee Roasters. Read about Kreem in the Desert Sun at: https://www.desertsun.com/story/life/2018/03/14/palm-springs-just-got-new-ice-cream-shop-and-we-got-tasty-scoop/425582002/.
1620 South Indian Trail, Palm Springs
Reopening in September 2018
General Manger: Phillip Connor
Villa Royale is an historic neighborhood “gem” that has welcomed celebrities, artists, authors, scientists and other luminaries into its tranquil sanctuary since the 1940s. The restaurant at the inn has served hotel guests and neighborhood residents since 1968. Lightning Bar Collective, the creators of some of Portland’s hottest and hippest eateries, acquired the property in June 2017 and promptly closed it for a multimillion-dollar renovation. The property had become a bit overgrown and the buildings tired. The new management team considered the best interests of the neighborhood as the project moved forward. They renovated and painted the street-facing portions of the property first so that the neighborhood would see immediate improvement. The transformation was remarkable and has had a rejuvenating effect upon the street and the neighborhood. We look forward to the re-opening this fall.