Now that Queso Blanco is gone, what business would be on your wish list to go into the old Picket's Cafeteria building? When considering this question, keep in mind that the building is not likely to be there in five years. When the state eventually widens Main Street (State Road 32), it's going to expand to the south and take out the building.
I've heard that Jan's Pizza has extended their dining room to the north into what was the back room area of Queso. When we first moved here in 1997, those two spaces were connected, so it seems to make sense to me that Jan has done that.
So, back to what I want to see on the corner. I'd love to see a microbrewery in downtown Westfield. Maybe one could start out in that space and then move when the road and intersection are expanded. Someone told me recently that Indiana is home to the most microbreweries in the country. I haven't confirmed that with any research, but it's interesting to note that we indeed have quite a few.
Downtown Westfield has zero night life, as far as I can tell. I imagine the folks that live there now probably like it that way. But when the Union Flats Apartments are built later this year, there will be a lot more people living in the downtown area that may want to spend some dollars nearby.
Another quality restaurant like Keltie's would be great. I think Keltie would agree that more good restaurants downtown add up to more business for her. If there are three or four restaurants of her caliber within walking distance of each other, customers are more likely to want to come back and try another one in the future. And then keep coming back. Think Broad Ripple.
Best wishes to whatever or whoever decides to move into that space. I hope it happens sooner rather than later. If you know anyone who has a business that could benefit from being on Westfield's main downtown corner, don't hesitate to play economic development professional and sing the praises of Westfield and the Grand Junction. Let's see if we can land a winner.
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