Good News For Historic Broadway

By Jeff Neumeyer

June 18, 2010 Updated Sep 4, 2009 at 5:15 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- Good news for those who are rooting for historic Broadway to continue on a path towards revitalization.

At least a half dozen businesses are now using improvement grants of 20-thousand dollars from the city to spruce up their facades, like Metro Realty at 2042 Broadway.

But there is even more celebrating about the re-opening of two high profile restaurants that closed back in the spring.

Chappell's Seafood Restaurant, that re-located to Coldwater Road out north in May, will be back in business on Broadway in a couple of weeks.

Another high-end eatery shut down back in May as well- Catablu- which is currently undergoing 250-thousand dollars worth of renovations, for transformation into an events center and eventually a jazz club.

A United Way fundraiser is scheduled to be held there September 21st.

Business owners on the street have banded together, compiling a list of vacant properties to try and promote additional business growth.

Nancy Schoenle/Business On Broadway Group: " When we find out that a business is interested in re-locating or a new business owner is coming on the scene, we have these properties and information about them available, to see if we can make a good match."

A Mexican restaurant is opening along the street soon, and a deli is investigating sites there as well.

There has been talk for some time about trying to make the street into an entertainment district similar to Broad Ripple in Indianapolis.

Mayor Tom Henry walked the length of the street with business owners earlier this week, so momentum is heading in the right direction.

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