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Finding a Permanent Fix at the Route 10 Tavern

The restaurant appears to be in a prime location but has seen continued turnover since Ponderosa Steakhouse left. What is the business you believe could find a home there?

Let's call this a modern spin on community planning - Patch's version of a charette, a digital drawing board where all ideas are on the table.

Each week we'll present a new vacant building and ask you to tell us what you think would be the best use. Forget what zone it's in, ignore setback regulations, dump lot coverage rules and all the other zoning jargon that puts people most to sleep. If you had your way, what would you like to see there? What would be the best use for the community?

Located on the busy Route 10 corridor known as Queen Street, just 1/4 mile from the on and off ramps to Interstate 84, there lies a former (and future?) restaurant building that appears to be in the perfect location.

Yet the building has had trouble filling up and clients have come and gone quicker than the chicken wings at happy hour.

We are talking about the site of the former Ponderosa Steakhouse, and Route 10 Tavern at 264 Queen St. For a location that has had several good reviews and lies directly across from plaza, there is still a lot of potential despite the recent lack of success.

Today we are asking a question in two parts - the first, what has gone wrong at the former restaurant?

The second, and more appropriate question at this point, what business or type of business can reverse the trend? Your thoughts could make a difference, so share your input now!

Tony M March 29, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Great Idea! As long as the lobsters and the rest of the seafood come from USA waters.
hgjrealtor March 31, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Chick-fil-a, Steak-n-Shake or Cracker Barrel? Either way the entrance needs adjusting for anything there to have success.
Marc Bramhall March 31, 2012 at 08:04 PM
I heard Cracker Barrel is going in where the Target/Lowes Complex is off of West Street.
Tony M April 05, 2012 at 08:18 PM
I have sent an E-mail to the corporation headquarters of several restaurants one being "Red Lobster". I did point out the location was on a well traveled state highway and the nearest "Red Lobster" was several miles away. I am waiting for a response.
Todd Z April 19, 2012 at 11:24 AM
not coming, southington won't allow the signage cracker barrel requested when looking at that space

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