But no lease was ever signed.
Nuñez told this news outlet last week that he had to put the downtown Dayton project on the back burner and shift his focus to his Wright-Dunbar restaurant at 1101 W. Third St., in part because of the upcoming closure of the West Third Street bridge over the Great Miami River as part of a bridge-replacement project expected to last nearly two years.
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That closure, Nuñez said, will cut off his restaurant’s direct access to and from his customers in downtown Dayton, and will harm his business.
“We’ve got to figure out a way to survive for 20 months, at minimum, starting in January,” Nuñez said.
The Texas Beef & Cattle founder said he doesn’t consider the idea for the downtown Dayton location dead, but acknowledged no lease has been signed for the North Patterson Boulevard space. The project was further complicated by potential regulatory obstacles with operating a wood smoker at or near the restaurant, Nuñez said.
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CareSource, which employs hundreds of people in the floors above the ground-floor retail spaces, appears to be looking elsewhere.
Kelly Gray, senior vice president of Equity commercial real-estate firm, confirmed that she is “actively marketing” the space at 217 N. Patterson Blvd., which is next door to ground-floor retail space at 221 N. Patterson Blvd. that has been leased and will soon become a Winans Chocolates + Coffee shop.
“We are actively trying to find an experienced operator who could serve breakfast, lunch and dinner,” Gray said.