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Restaurants look to fill space left by Batavia’s The Rhino Room

Published: Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 9:28 a.m. CST

BATAVIA – The Rhino Room recently closed in downtown Batavia, but the attorney for the building’s landlord said he already is getting interest from other restaurants wanting to occupy the space.

“I think if you find the right people who know their business, it should do well,” said Grant Markuson, the attorney for the building’s landlord.

The Dietz Family Partnership owns the building.

The Rhino Room’s owner, Tina Miles, could not be reached for comment.

The Rhino Room closed about two to three weeks ago, Markuson said.

The restaurant opened in early 2012 in the building at the corner of Wilson Street and North River Street that previously housed Limestone Coffee & Tea.

Earlier this year, Limestone Coffee opened in a new location on Wilson Street.

Markuson recently put a “For Lease” sign in the space. “We’re getting calls from potential restaurants,” he said. “It seems like some type of restaurant would fit.”

He said he hopes the space will be filled quickly.

“Right now, we’re trying to work out the transition,” Markuson said.

Joi Cuartero, director of Batavia MainStreet, said she would like to see something go into the space that would complement the newly completed streetscape improvements on North River Street.

“There’s a lot of possibilities,” she said.

“Some kind of small restaurant could work if there is enough space for them, or it could be a wine bar or a bookstore.”

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