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What Should Go in The Burger Joint Space in West Hartford Center?

Patch wants to know your vision for this vacancy.

BGR: The Burger Joint at 983 Farmington Avenue in West Hartford Center lasted less than a year before closing earlier this month, leaving a prime Center location empty.

The restaurant was in the same block as three businesses that closed in June due to a fire. Two of those — and — are expected to reopen soon. JT Ghamo, a tuxedo rental store, has decided not to renew its lease.

So what's your idea for this vacancy? Let us know what kind of business you would like to see here.

Carin Buckman August 19, 2012 at 11:34 AM
The center really needs a shoe store. Not a high end, unaffordable shoe store, but a unique and affordable one. Customers come into Lyn Evans asking about a shoe store all the time!
WeHa Resident August 19, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Steakz which is in Waterbury would be a perfect reasonably cost food option that would do very well but I doubt they would want to pay the insanely high rent that the Center is getting right now. I am guessing that space rents for around $100,000 a year. No more bars or high end restaurants, it is pushing out the people of West Hartford in trade for drunk kids and ruining the small town charm of West Hartford Center.
Gumbo YaYa August 19, 2012 at 01:13 PM
It's been built out as a Foodservice operation and I would guess it remains one. We need more trendy food joints in WHC. The more the better from a consumers standpoint I suppose? Heck why not a food court in BBS!?!?? I'd love to see BGR space turned into a Retro 80s style arcade/bar - Kid/Teen friendly up till 9 then the old school gamers would take over till closing.
Jean Smith August 19, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Agree with WeHa Resident. No more bars and drunk kids. How about REAKFAST!!!! Friendly's is gone. Brueggers is bagels. Rueben's used to do it, Starbucks doesn't really do it, Tray's does it weekdays. Old fashioned Diner food.
whtfd August 19, 2012 at 02:17 PM
A shoe store with a bit of flare would be a nice idea. Hate going to the mall for shoes. A gift shop would be nice- always end up in Litchfield center for unusual gifts for housewarming, anniversary, retirement, etc. Comina use to have interesting things for gifts, not any more.
supermom August 19, 2012 at 03:13 PM
A bookstore! The kind where authors launch new titles, a spotlight on local authors, kids story times, bestsellers next to out of print titles...a gem of a store.
Jackie Procyk August 19, 2012 at 03:20 PM
A vegetarian friendly restaurant would be really nice, and West Hartford is overdue. Enough of the burger places!
free2be August 19, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Love the idea of a vegetarian restaurant. With so many great restaurants in town, it's amazing that we don't already have a vegetarian one. Love the idea too of an independently owned bookstore like RJ Julia, which is my favorite place to go when I'm in Madison.
Linda Oliver-Smith August 19, 2012 at 09:11 PM
I like the idea of a retro little breakfast shop, one that serves all day and has great coffee!
WeHa guy August 19, 2012 at 11:19 PM
How about a jazz lounge? I love live music & there doesn't seem to be alot of that around here. That kind of setting wouldn't cater to the rowdy, college-aged kids you see at McLadden's.
WeHaGal August 20, 2012 at 01:25 PM
You should check out the housewares section of Pfaus for fun and unusual gifts, they have lots of great items!
harry peterson August 20, 2012 at 05:00 PM
I think Woody's would be OUTSTANDING for that spot,there are way to many burger joints and a great hotdog place would be PERFECT

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