Shops and shoppers along Avilés Street in St. Augustine will get a break from all the demolition noise this weekend.
Crews started removing the crumbling old building at 9 Avilés Monday and were supposed to go straight through until end of the day on August 1.
But the contractor in charge of the project called for a brief time-out, saying crews needed Saturday and Sunday off after putting in a solid week of 10 hour days.
Avilés Street was closed to vehicles July 4 for public safety reasons.
The stores have remained open for pedestrians, however.
Taking advantage of the pause in the demolition project, many of the restaurants, galleries, museums, and shops along the street are expanding their space into the street with tables and chairs, offering some European flair.