FAIRLAWN — Two new restaurants and a virtual reality arcade are coming to Fairlawn.
The Fairlawn Planning Commission on Thursday approved conditional use permits for a restaurant at Summit Mall, a Mexican restaurant on West Market Street and an arcade located in the mall, along with a second recreation facility mostly made up of coin-operated games.
Hello Bistro will be located at Summit Mall, 3265 W. Market St. The fast-casual restaurant will focus on burgers and salads, with a large salad bar with more than 50 toppings, said Jesse Stock with Eat‘n Park Hospitality Group.
A build-your-own salad is $8.25, regardless of the number of toppings, with signature salads running from $7.50 to $10, according to the menu, which also includes burgers, sandwiches and soups. Customers order at a counter.
"It's a good combination that we can appeal to a larger crowd,” Stock said of the menu.
This will be Hello Bistro’s 10th location nationwide and its second in Ohio, Stock said. The other Ohio location is in Beachwood.
The Fairlawn project is expected to open in early fall.
The privately owned Eat'n Park Hospitality Group of Homestead, Pennsylvania, in January revealed the expansion of its Hello Bistro concept in Northeast Ohio. The same month, Eat'n Park announced it was closing five locations in Northeast Ohio, including the one in Cuyahoga Falls on Howe Avenue and in Medina Township on North Court Street.
The restaurant will be accessible from inside the food court and outside the mall and will also have outdoor dining. It’s located in the former home of the women’s clothing store Loft, a few spaces down from the under-construction home furnishings store Arhaus.
Casa Del Rio is a Mexican restaurant that will be located at 2927 W. Market St., the former home of Ivan’s Deli.
Randy Parsons with MPG Architects said there is another “very successful” Casa Del Rio location in Wadsworth.
“They'd like to bring a restaurant back where a restaurant was,” he said of the fast-casual Fairlawn location, which won’t serve alcohol but will include outdoor patio seating.
It’s not clear when the restaurant will open. A landscape plan still has to be submitted and approved, as several commission members voiced concerns with the landscaping of the property and said they wanted the new owners to clean it up, "as visible as this property is on West Market Street,” commission chair J. Scott Rainey said.
Fairlawn zoning, housing and residential building commissioner Bill Arnold said the property has been vacant since at least 2014.
“It's been an eyesore in the city,” he said. “We've had a property maintenance issue with the property, so the administration is happy to see somebody coming in there and occupying a site that has frankly been neglected for the last couple of years.”
Player vs. Player VR Arcade will be located inside Summit Mall, near the southern Dillard’s location.
Darrell Peoples with the arcade called it the “arcade of the future,” with customers putting on glasses that have digital games or scenes inside, like roller coasters or haunted houses.
The location, which Peoples said should be open Friday, includes about seven games, with shorter, chair-based games at $5 for five minutes and longer, standing games with more advanced technology, like wands and controllers, at $10 for 15 minutes.
The location is open from 2 p.m. to when the mall closes in the summer. It opens at 3 p.m. during the school year.
The commission also approved a conditional use permit for The Amazing Space, a coin-operated family entertainment center, that will be located inside Summit Mall, just outside Macy’s.
Plans show it will include nearly 30 video games, small children’s rides and toy and candy vending machines.
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