What Should Go Here: Marie Callender's Building

What would you like to see replace the pie-centric restaurant?

It's been over nine months since next to the Capitola Mall, and still the building remains empty.

According to the Mercury News, that closure put approximately 38 people out of work in Capitola.

What would you like to see go in its place? Are you jonesing for a particular restaurant that Capitola currently lacks? Should it be a chain? Something locally-owned? Tell us in the comments!

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Willow March 29, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Isn't the idea of filling that space to have something that is profitable and thus will stay, serving a dual purpose of offering food that the people, not only in the area, but beyond the county, will like, as well as providing a good tax base for the city? All of the ideas are great. I personally love Olive Garden, Outback, etc., but they have to consider their customer base which doesn't exist in enough quantities in this area to turn a profit, and thus make it worthwhile for them to be there. Have to have something that will fill up the parking lot with customers, customers who might be interested in moseying over to the mall either before or after eating, and patronizing the stores there. Outback, Olive Garden and the like are not the type of restaurants one goes to as part of a shopping expedition. The Mall needs a new breath of life, which Target will hopefully bring, and a new resturant in that location should also bring. A mini-brewery, while interesting, would not fit that bill.
Matt April 01, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Another idea: Original Pancake House! They have way better food than IHOP. http://www.originalpancakehouse.com/
Jamie Walker December 19, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Spaghetti factory or OLIVE GARDEN
Carol January 03, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Red Robin was an excellent idea, what happened? The building looks a lot like Mimi's Cafe, that would also be an idea. Santa Cruz/Capitola really need better restaurants we have such a poor selection compared to other towns
Carol January 03, 2013 at 06:26 PM
I think In & Out likes to be just off the freeway for visibility


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