Clark quizzed on restaurant
By By Mary-Allison Lancaster Managing editor
Residents in East Brewton have been left wondering if there will be a new restaurant as previously promised.
In a city council meeting Monday evening, one resident asked the mayor if they were going to receive a new restaurant they were promised.
According to Mayor Terry Clark, the Chinese restaurant that was originally slated for the empty parcel of land backed out. However, another restaurant will be coming in and taking its place.
Michael Grappe has bought the two-acre parcel of land located on Forrest Avenue, just south of Fred's Discount Store. Grappe is responsible for building Nina's Place, which is located next to Fred's Discount Store.
Grappe is a developer from Little Rock, Ark. and is working with Barbara Properties Inc. based out of Little Rock.
According to the Barbara Properties Inc. Web site, the new shopping center will be called Kendall Plaza. The firm currently has developments in Atmore, Mississippi, downtown Little Rock and Saline County.
Compliance Officer and Building Inspector Lawton Shipp said that the development should begin in the "near future" and will be taking over the parcel of land currently being "borrowed" by mobile homes.
City Clerk Karen Singleton said that along with the restaurant, Grappe wants to build supporting stores around it.