A popular Charlotte restaurant that has been closed since an early April fire has announced they will not be reopening in their Dilworth location.
131 Main, on the 1300 block of East Boulevard, was closed on April 1 after a fire broke out in a vent duct. The fire spread upward, filling the business with smoke.
The restaurant has been affected by fire twice before in 2010 and 2012.
Since the April fire, the restaurant has been telling customers they would be closed indefinitely.
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Hampton Pickard, a resident living in the building above the restaurant, said he isn’t sad to see the business leaving. He said the fires had proven to be trouble for those living in the building.
“It is annoying to come back from work-you’re ready to relax-come back and there’s firetrucks outside. You’re not sure if you can go in,” Pickard explained.
He was familiar with the troubles the restaurant had run into with fires. However, some neighbors admitted they were sorry to hear the business was leaving.
“They were some really nice people there. It was nice to have a choice of restaurants along East Boulevard,” said Dilworth resident Rob Swaringen.
Others said they enjoyed having the restaurant on the block too.
“It’s really sad they had to close,” said Ann Wicker, a fan of 131 Main.
Several neighbors told WBTV they now hope that a new eatery will fill the vacancy left by 131 Main.
“Hopefully the place that comes in after this won’t have so many fires,” said Pickard.
An employee at another 131 Main location, on Rea Road, told WBTV Monday that the business does have plans to open in another location, but said that could be months away.