In April, the mall's co-owner
Voohees also is a partner and investor in Green Chutes and in the original Salt Tears that opened in the space in 2010 and closed earlier this year. He had worked out a deal to jump-start both businesses by charging a rent based on a percentage of sales. That worked for a while, he says, but the new space, formerly occupied by Four Star Restaurant Supply, required far more renovation than expected. Voorhees was force to move to a more traditional rental agreement, which Green Chutes could not manage, he says.
"It's not self-sustaining at this time," Voorhees says. "There's no intent to be hard on the artists and this isn't a landlord trying to blow a tenant out. It's a great business, but we just can't afford to keep it going at this time."
Voorhees also took a significant loss when the restaurant Salt closed earlier this year, he says. But he will continue to back Kind Cuisine, an organic and natural foods restaurant from former Kulture Klatsch co-owner and chef
They currently are renovating the space at
This is the second ReStore in the
"We want the center to be an anchor for the neighborhood and to have businesses that add value to the community," Voorhees says. "We're very exited to have ReStore opening. It's a great match for us."
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