Coffee shop proposed for vacant restaurant space

The Columbus Redevelopment Commission will consider a proposal tonight to place a new business in the space that formerly housed the Bistro 310 restaurant.

A proposal from Lucabe Coffee Co. — a business owned by a local Columbus couple — to open a coffee shop in the space at 310 Fourth Street was opened during the Aug. 9 meeting of the Columbus Board of Works.

The proposal outlines a plan to open a shop that would serve coffees, teas, breakfast foods such as pastries and light lunch options, said Heather Pope, city redevelopment director.

Bistro 310 vacated the space in December 2014, and efforts to find a new tenant in 2015 were unsuccessful, Pope said.

However, the local couple recently began contacting Pope about locating in the vacant space, so the redevelopment commission chose to issue a Request for Proposals in July to see if there were any other businesses interested in the space. Lucabe Coffee was the only company to respond.

Members of the redevelopment commission will review the coffee shop proposal at their 6 p.m. meeting Monday, and Pope said she plans to recommend that the commission’s legal counsel move forward with contract negotiations with the company’s owners.

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Olivia Covington is a reporter for The Republic. She can be reached at ocovington@therepublic.com or 812-379-5712.