CANTON TWP.: It’s the end of an era for McCall’s Restaurant & Banquet Center, a mainstay of the Canton South community.

The business closed earlier this year, and Kiko Auctioneers & Realtors will hold an online auction Friday to noon Aug. 12 to sell the furnishings inside the building at 130 Faircrest St. SW.

If the auction is successful, the building will be emptied of such items as kitchen equipment, dining tables and chairs, appliances and anything else associated with the restaurant and banquet hall business.

“I believe the intention is for the building to be torn down,” township Trustee Christopher Nichols said. “The new use is not going to be a restaurant. It would be nice to replace that with another restaurant.”

Nichols’ concern reflects the sentiment of township officials who have expressed desires to attract full-service restaurants and grocery stores to the area. The township trustee pointed out that outside of fast food restaurants and pizzerias, the only full service restaurant in the area is El Campero in the 3000 block of Cleveland Avenue SW.

Kiko was brought in by Ronald “Rocky” Bourquin, who operated McCall’s Restaurant & Banquet Center.

“It was just basically switching gears,” Kiko said of Bourquin’s reason for closing the business. “It is a lot of work running a business like that. He is just retiring.”

Attempts to contact Bourquin were not successful.

Fond memories

Nichols said his understanding is that the building has been sold, and the sale has not yet closed.

According to Stark County real estate records, the building is owned by Faircrest Lanes Investments Inc. Cail Bourquin is the prime agent for that corporation, according to Ohio secretary of state records. Nichols identified Gail Borquin as the wife of Ronald Bourquin.

Prior to the Bourquins owning the site, McCall’s was operated by brothers James and John McCall. When the McCall brothers obtained the building in the early 1980s, it was a bowling center.

“We owned it for a period of time,” said John McCall, a local attorney who also is a Sandy Township trustee. “We added to the east side of the building.”

The McCall brothers made the addition a restaurant and converted the bowling center into a banquet hall.

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