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Downtown Reno looks up for a new adventure
by Tribune Staff
Sep 30, 2011 | 2036 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Tribune/John Byrne - he rock climbing wall of the new CommRow “urban adventure destination” towers 164 feet above the downtown Reno Arch.
RENO — CommRow, touting itself as “Reno’s first urban adventure destination,” will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday. Located in the old Fitzgerald’s hotel and casino building, developers and city leaders hope the project will inject a sample of the region’s outdoor thrills, as well as some economic insulin, into the heart of Reno’s downtown corridor.

Towering 164-feet above the Reno Arch is the world’s tallest climbing wall on the 16-story building’s exterior facade. Inside, climbing enthusiasts or curious beginners will find a world-class bouldering center, plus event space and slacklines. The entire climbing facility, known as BaseCamp, is built to international competition standards but also is first-timer friendly.

CommRow also features a menagerie of culturally diverse eateries and bars dubbed “TheRow,” which were developed by two seasoned restaurateurs who have worked with such acclaimed chefs as Bobby Flay, Charlie Palmer and Bryan Voltaggio. Guests will find everything from traditional tacos to fresh tuna tartars. Libations from classic cocktails to a selection of more than 100 tequilas can also be found. On the second floor, visitors will be able watch all of the bouldering action while enjoying either smoothies and housemade granolas, or wines by the glass and draft beers.

Two live entertainment venues will feature local performers and national touring acts. During the day, the 400-person capacity Cargo will transform into a fitness center. Additional meeting and event space is also available.

Other attractions are slated to open in 2012, including the pet-friendly HANG Hotel in spring, and an outdoor “Adventure Deck” with BMX and skate parks, outdoor bouldering and more.

CommRow’s developer is Fernando Leal of Chicago- and Reno-based L3 Development LLC.

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