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Rīga Old Town square to undergo reconstruction

An entrepreneur plans on investing one million euros in reconstructing the Old Town square territory located near the Rīga City Council, and known for the “Egle” open-air cafe, artisan market and the 7.5 meter tall mirror Christmas tree art installation, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on December 29.

The entrepreneur promises to keep the tents where various tradespeople offer amber jewellery, ceramics, souvenirs, purses and other goods, however it's uncertain whether the mirrored Christmas tree will make a return. The market will operate through January 15, but the art installation is currently undergoing repairs.

“It was pretty rusted and becoming a bit dangerous for people. It's currently being repaired. Then we'll see whether we participate in the Christmas tree path or create a new object,” said Egle 21 Director Uģis Putniņš.

The company Egle 21 rents the territory from another company. They are planning on renovating the kitchen, toilets, bar storage in the spring, and hosting larger events with better food at the summer cafe and beer garden.

“It's a large project, which we're planning for the end of next year, with a glass veranda, let's call it a pavillion, with thermally insulated glass, but which can be completely removed. The three wall can be completely raised up and the roof is completely retractable,” said Putniņš. The name will also change,

“We're going to have a new project – we once had “No Problem” in Dome Square. Now we're going to stick more closely with this brand,” said the entrepreneur.

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