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Visions for Vacancies: What Business Do You Want to See Here?

This is a new feature that asks residents how Richfield should fill its vacant spaces.

Richfield's business landscape is constantly changing—and part of that change includes vacant properties sprinkled throughout the community.

From empty spaces in strip malls, to stand-alone buildings without a tenant, there are a few commercials spaces around Richfield screaming for new business.

And there’s little doubt residents have their own ideas on how they'd like to see these spaces filled.

In this new feature, Richfield Patch asks you to imagine the future of these spaces. Do you see a new restaurant? A new store? Something no one else has considered? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

In this inaugural edition, we start off with one of Richfield's long-vacant properties: the former Ground Round and Backyard Bar & Grill space.

Where's the vacancy? 1500 E. 78th St. Richfield, MN 55423

What was it? The building operated as a Ground Round for 20 years. Ground Round filed for bankruptcy and then a manager took it over and operated The Backyard Bar & Grill for 2 years until it also went into bankruptcy.

Current owner: A G Bogen Co.

Original development of land: 1970

Property type: Retail

Size: 8,733 square-feet

Rental rate: Negotiable

Editor's note: Property information is from the Hennepin County GIS and LoopNet.com.

Tracy Hollenback April 19, 2012 at 01:00 PM
I'd like to see it as a restuarant/bar again. But, one that is already established and has a good reputation in another city. Kind of like Pizza Luce moving into the Bridgemans building (very excited for that one!). I'd rather see something local rather than a chain since we already have Champs and Houlihans.
David Haines April 19, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Not a new idea, but a brew pub with locally grown or raised food options on the menu. There is not anywhere around the area to get a good, locally made craft beer. Ideally, owned and operated by a local homebrewer turned pro.
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) April 19, 2012 at 02:33 PM
That's a great idea. Those farm to table restaurants are awesome. Also, as you have mentioned before, the craft beer movement is really gaining speed and would be a nice addition to our town. Anyone have other suggestions?
Barry L. April 19, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Bull Dog! If you look at the south end of Richfield, we do not have a Sandy's or Frenchman's or just a homely joint to walk to. A small brew pub that sold decent burgers like a Shanty in Bloomington. Sandy's has a great Burger but I am as close to the Shanty. Some one put one in
ann delaney April 19, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I enjoyed the Ground Round. It always served good food and had a casual atmosphere. I've been to a couple of Bar and Grills that served their own brew with bar menus and rather liked them. In order to be successful, you have to deal with two kinds of people, the burger and fries crowd and the steak and seafood people. It would take that kind of restaurant to make it. Ground Round had that but location got them in the end.
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) April 19, 2012 at 10:04 PM
I agree. This place is already set up to be a bar/restaurant so that would be a likely choice - chain or not. But, yes, that side of town needs a good neighborhood hangout. I think the main problem here is the location. While it's got great I-494 exposure, it's not so easy to get to and the buildings around it aren't very inviting either. I think the place would need to look pretty snazzy on the outside to draw people in.
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) April 20, 2012 at 04:36 PM
My parents took my sister and I to the Ground Round all the time when I was a kid. We were so excited to get balloons to take home!
Jeff May 15, 2012 at 09:21 PM
I would like to see more visions for vacancies!

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