Newly designed location opening in Green Township
The dilapidated former Perkins Restaurant on Colerain Avenue in the northeast corner of Green Township will be replaced by a new Gold Star Chili restaurant opening later this year.
It will be new inside and out.
The outside will have the latest design seen at the new Withamsville outlet and one set to open in Liberty Township later this month.
Tom Li Calzi, development director for Gold Star, said the new restaurant design introduced for the restaurant’s 50th anniversary has a diner or classic chili parlor vibe.
In addition, the new Colerain Avenue Gold star will feature the new menu with fresh, never frozen hamburgers, fresh salads and a mix of fries.
Li Calzi said demolition of the old Perkins building at 6000 Colerain Ave. will begin within the next two months, and he expects the new restaurant will open by late fall.
When the new chili parlor opens, the Gold Star at 8253 Colerain Ave. in Groesbeck will close.
“The new location will focus on convenience with better parking and a new drive-thru with canopies and order confirmation,” Li Calzi said.
Li Calzi said Gold Star bought the Perkins property, which included the former Walt’s Barbecue Restaurant, 6040 Colerain Ave., at auction. He said the company plans to redevelop Walt’s into another restaurant concept, but the plans are still under development.
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Green Township administrator Frank Birkenhauer said he met with Geoff Milz from Colerain Township and Daniel Traicoff from Mount Airy Community Urban Redevelopment Enterprise, known as Mount Airy CURE, who were concerned about the Perkins property.
“It was an eyesore,” Birkenhauer said. “There were a lot of complaints. We set a goal to clean it up, and we are getting that done.”
With sidewalks planned on Colerain Avenue, a police substation that opened last year in the northeast area of Green Township and a possible streetscape project, Birkenhauer said Green Township officials are invested in this area of the community and are aware of its needs.
“We are committed to the revitalization of this part of the township,” he said. “We know this will be a quality project and hope it will reassure residents to see that investment.”
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