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What Should Go Here?

What would you like to see go into the old Calareso's space?

recently on Main Street. They now have more space inside and out. The , next to , is still vacant.

What do you think should go in the vacant building?

A restaurant? Retail shop? Bakery? 

As part of our new Visions for Vacancies column, we want to know what you would like to see go into that location. Let us know in the comments section.

Nikki April 03, 2012 at 04:10 PM
I'd like to see Harrow's expand and go back to being a full-serve restaurant.
Ron Powell April 03, 2012 at 04:11 PM
A bakery would be ideal for the size and location. Reading has been itching for a family-owned bakery ever since we lost the one next to the Cafe Capri. Unfortunately, free-standing bakeries are becoming a thing of the past.
M April 03, 2012 at 04:47 PM
It seems the right configuration & location for a non-chain restaurant of some sort (I picture a breakfast place) but not sure if Harrows wants the competition. The guy who is trying to develop the burned out tux place into a fancy sandwich kind of place; seems that the Calareso's locale would be much better & would not have toxic waste issues.
M April 03, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I was thinking of Perfecto's cafe, which according to this patch article was supposed to be under construction by now in former tux place: http://reading.patch.com/articles/readings-green-shoots-perfectos-caffe According to their website, Pefecto's is a small regional chain: http://www.perfectoscaffe.com/index.php And it seems that unless the franchise owner bought the site, he could consider the Calareso's site, too.
Ron Powell April 03, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Perfecto's cafe wouldn't be a bad idea. We need a less-out-of-the-stratosphere alternative to Sam's Bistro, and it would solve the issue of the owner not wanting to spend $40,000 to remove the fuel storage tanks at 285 Main Street (the old Mr. Tux's eyesore).
Joe Veno April 03, 2012 at 06:43 PM
OSJL......Sorry Fred & Bob , I beat you to it.......
Rob April 03, 2012 at 10:35 PM
I would guess they will tear down the old calreso's building and put up more affordable housing.
robert foti April 03, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Hey joe that's my cousins place so maybe it could be an upscale OSJL
Joe Veno April 04, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Sounds good to me Bob.............
Richard W. Kendall April 04, 2012 at 12:24 AM
The ideal place for Ocean State Job Lot would be the old Stop and Shop in North Reading. However, a smaller version with less parking would fit in at Calareso's old location.
JLC April 04, 2012 at 11:46 AM
JLC I don't know how much more traffic flow that stretch of Route 28 can take. It is turning into a crazy area with cars driving in and out of gas stations, Dunkin Donuts etc.. I am all for commerce, but I think we need to be careful.
Bob M April 04, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Let's not bring back Robert's, that is what was in that location before Calareso's and it was a dump. They moved to North Reading. I remember my brother bought a dog there as a kid and paid for it by the pound!
Joe Veno April 04, 2012 at 10:25 PM
JLC, It is Main St. There is going to be traffic no matter what goes in there.

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