A brand-new restaurant could be what one Terre Haute neighborhood has been longing to sink its teeth into.
City council member Neil Garrison, whose area includes 12-Points and Collett Park, says a locally-owned eatery has been the number-one request from the homeowners he represents.
"Basically, it's this building what brought me to north side. And I think north side needs a nice restaurant,” said Jimmy Saliju, a longtime Terre Haute merchant whose latest business venture involves buying and renovating the former Old National Bank building at the corner of Maple and Lafayette Avenues.
"When I saw all these high ceilings, this nice molding, all this marble in here,” Saliju shared with News 10.
The career chef, who’s Albanian born, plans to open his restaurant just days before Thanksgiving. He hopes other merchants follow him to the north side.
“They should -- because this is a beautiful part of town here!”
Just across the street, you’ll find Craig Eleopoulos, a merchant newly located to this part of town just two weeks ago. His store is called Suite 3, and it’s second-hand clothing for all under $3.
"There's a lot of sentimental value to this area,” Eleopoulos said. “However, there's a lot of really neat history not only in this building, but the area that surrounds it!"
He, too, hopes other merchants follow suit and relocate in this prime part of town.
“There's not a better place to be right now, I don't think! The traffic is really heavy, people see where you're at! There's no hiding! It is all store-front!"
Council man Neil Garrison told News 10 that general improvements to the 12-Points area, like sidewalks, painted light poles, new trash cans, and park bench style seating, has already been done to attract new commerce. Garrison said those projects have been paid for through a joint venture of public and private funding.
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