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Visions for Vacancy: What Should Be Done with the Old Cheli's Restaurant?

The location of this restaurant is one that seems to be cursed, as the businesses keep changing and closing.

Every day, we drive past buildings that are vacant, and if they've been empty long enough, not only are they eyesores, they're a sad symbol of what could have been.

With our feature Visions for Vacancy, we want your opinion on what use might best suit that shuttered building. What might give it new life.

If it's a structure that might be suited for a restaurant, for example, tell us what kind of restaurant you'd like to see there. Maybe needs a type of cuisine, such as Indian or Thai? Maybe it's Perkins or a Carrabas that you'd love to see fill that spot? 

We want your great ideas!

This week: The building that used to house Cheli's Restaurant and Pancake House.

The restaurant that once sat on Jefferson Street, just before the cemetary, is not the first one to close its doors. In fact, businesses on this spot have changed hands and closed so often, residents have been known to say that the location is cursed. What happened with Cheli's? Did the food go downhill? Was the service not satisfactory?  Maybe it is just not a good location for a grocery store. What do you think should go there?

: Strack and VanTil, 2300 Route 59.

Tell us your idea by writing it in the comment box below.

DRECKS July 18, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Prior to Cheli's being a restaurant Cheli ran it as a bar hangout for gang banger trouble makers. The police battled with the patrons weekly and the nieghborhood got their bellys full of the trouble. The owners called the residents racist at a city meeting because they complained about the late night trouble the patrons brought apon the area. The city pulled the bar license and Cheli thought the nieghborhood would embrace him as a local breakfast spot. The nieghborhood did not forget his prior actions and lost thier appetite. His past bar patrons don't wake up til 3 o'clock so close the doors. No curse, just bad management.

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