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Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
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Wednesday, March 25th, 2009
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Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
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Sunday, February 8th, 2009
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Thursday, February 5th, 2009
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From are maintenance department

maintenance R.H.M

Thought it would be a great idea to paint the ceiling tile.
Instead of taken the ceiling tile down and out side. to  be  painted he painted
It right there on the spot
 and see what he did

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Store work on hold
Published: Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 4:25 a.m


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Whole Foods to replace Ralph's at Coddingtown
April 01, 2008

Demolition crews began tearing down the former Ralph’s supermarket building at Coddingtown Mall this week to make way for a Whole Foods Market scheduled to open next spring.

A crane with powerful jaws began ripping through the concrete wall facing Range Avenue on Monday, opening a gaping hole that crews will expand until the building is reduced to rubble.

Replacing it will be a 49,000-square-foot modern market with a bold, swooping roofline and a facade of brick and wood. 

The project is the first phase of the long-promised multi-million dollar renovation of the aging center, built by Hugh Codding in 1962.

Simon Property Group, which purchased a 50 percent stake in the mall in 2005, hopes to increase traffic to the mall by attracting new national tenants while maintaining a mix of locally owned businesses, according to marketing manager Devon Foster.

Many tenants are excited that upgrades have finally begun after more than two years of discussions.

“They’re happy to see the renovations and happy to see new retailers coming in,” she said.
3:10 pm
Narsi's Hof Brau fights on
17/07/2008 8:58:38 AM

Narsi's Hof-Brau still fighting
If you've been following the ongoing saga of Coddingtown's Narsi Samii, you've probably got an opinion one way or the other. If not, let me sum it up for you: The long-time mall eatery is facing eviction by new co-owners to make way for a Cheesecake Factory.

The move is in line with Simon Property Group's attempt to modernize the outdated Coddingtown mall. The addition of a Whole Foods grocery is indicative of the kind of clientèle they're going for.

The fight boils down to the fact that Narsi has put a significant amount of money into the restaurant over the years and claims he was told he'd have what amounts to a perpetual lease on the spot from Hugh Codding. He's not looking to budge.A trial to decide the fate of the restaurant is set for August 22, according to Narsi.

But the question has to be asked: Why is Narsi putting up huge amounts of his own money to fight the corporate giant? Why not just move? Though Narsi claims to feed between 250 and 400 folks a day, he says business is way down due to the economy. The traditional-style buffet is a draw for many senior citizens -- the sort of spot folks go for a cup of coffee and pastry in the morning or an early bird plate of roast beef, mashed potatoes and carrots. Not exactly the wheat grass smoothie or pear and endive salad crowd.

Narsi plans to fight on. He realizes that going to trial is a huge gamble, but says he's 99.9% confident he'll prevail. "They're trying to force me out," he says. What peaked BiteClub's interest in the whole argument was what appears to be some significant action on a chef employment website for a local cook who's been involved with several other Cheesecake Factory openings. Maybe nothing. Maybe a hint that things are heating up.

If Narsi loses the fight, he claims that the other local restaurateurs in the mall, including Fresh China and Sukura (both BiteClub faves) will face similar fights. That's yet to be seen. What's your take on the fight?

...Proud pop John Iverson reports that his daughter Ginevra Iverson of the soon-to-open Restaurant Eloise will be on the Food Network's Iron Chef America this Sunday, July 24, with former boss Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune in NYC. The duo will battle Bobby Flay. Even dad, however, doesn't know who wins.

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