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Need2Know: Carmella’s Italian eatery to open in Mexican restaurant site; Boat registration available

A sign in the window of the old El Charro Mexican restaurant on Montezuma Street tells of the pending opening of Carmella’s, a new Italian-food breakfast, lunch, and dinner spot. The downtown-Prescott business got its liquor-license OK from the city last week, and is expected to open for business within about six weeks. (Cindy Barks/Courier)

A sign in the window of the old El Charro Mexican restaurant on Montezuma Street tells of the pending opening of Carmella’s, a new Italian-food breakfast, lunch, and dinner spot. The downtown-Prescott business got its liquor-license OK from the city last week, and is expected to open for business within about six weeks. (Cindy Barks/Courier)

Carmella’s Italian eatery to occupy old El Charro site

Italian cuisine will soon take the place of a former Mexican-food mainstay in downtown Prescott.

Kevin Cook, a partner and executive chef for Carmella’s Food and Drink, said this week that the new Italian restaurant would open soon at the 118-120 N. Montezuma St. site that was the longtime home of El Charro’s Authentic Mexican Food.

El Charro closed in October 2018 after 59 years of business in downtown Prescott.

Cook said extensive renovations have been underway at the site, and the restaurant, which will feature fresh-seafood offerings, cappuccino and smoothies, is expected to open in about six weeks.

Carmella’s got its liquor-license approval from the Prescott City Council last week. “The bar is going to have some Italian flare,” Cook told the council, adding that the restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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The FooteWork Auto License & Title Service on Grove Avenue recently added a new feature that allows for local boat registration. (Cindy Barks/Courier)

Boat registration available locally

With Northern Arizona’s spring boating season just getting underway, residents now have a local option for obtaining their boat registrations.

FooteWork Auto License & Title Service at 201 Grove Ave. in Prescott recently began a pilot program with the Arizona Game and Fish Department to allow boaters across Northern Arizona to get their new boat registrations in a more timely manner.

Travis Baldridge, general manager of Footework, said the change could save substantial time for area boaters.

Typically, Baldridge said, Northern Arizona residents must either make the trip to a Phoenix-area Game and Fish office, or mail in their boat registration applications, which could have a turnaround time of about four to six weeks.

Through the pilot program, Prescott-area residents can stop by and get their registration within minutes, Baldridge said, while residents of Cottonwood, Prescott Valley, or Williams can mail their applications to Footework and get the registrations within about a week.

The pilot program began in about November 2018, and will continue throughout 2019, Baldridge said. After that, he hopes the program will continue into 2020.

Follow Cindy Barks on Twitter @Cindy_Barks. Reach her at 928-445-3333, ext. 2034, or cbarks@prescottaz.com.

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