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What Should Go Here? The James Joyce

The Avondale Estates tavern of many names closed a few months ago.

Back in April, and locked the doors for good.

The bar was best known by its original name, the James Joyce Irish Pub, but during the last year of its life was also known as , and .

Since then, the building on East College Avenue has been remained empty, leaving a big hole in the heart of the town business district.

Do you have suggestions about what should go there? It doesn't have to be a restaurant or bar, you know.

About this column: Every week or so, we'll post a picture of a vacant store or lot in Decatur and Avondale Estates. You can tell us what you think should replace the empty space. Know of an empty building we should highlight? E-mail ralph.ellis@patch.com.

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The Sign Says It All: The Tavern Has Closed

Fred Willard July 24, 2012 at 11:04 AM
A used tire place or liquor store
Carole Cooper July 24, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Another restaurant would be great! I'm still hoping that a Buffalo Wild Wings will move into our area and that building would be a good spot for one, since the traffic level should meet their minimum requirements, and there is plenty of parking. In the alternative, perhaps a Longhorn Steakhouse would do well here.
Scott Tewell July 24, 2012 at 12:01 PM
From what Joyce employees said, parking was actually a problem. They had an ongoing dispute with their neighbors over the use of the parking lot between the two buildings. With that, I can't see another restaurant doing well in that space.
Virginia Lester July 24, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Whenever I drive down Avondale Road, I keep hoping that something will happen to revive that tired, sad-looking street. I have heard talk of plans to breathe new life into the landscape but nothing ever materializes? Yeah.....a used tire place or liquor store is what it deserves as it stands right now!
David Williams July 24, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Fox Bros. BBQ needs a bigger place.
Cheryl_Atlanta July 24, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Fox Bros is going into old Maddie's BBQ, I believe....
Beverly Kilpatrick-Jordan July 24, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Another restaurant of the caliber of The Hames Joyce would be awesome! We in Avondale have been waiting for new life. We do NOT need any more tire, auto repair or junk stores of any kind in our neighborhood!. It is an eyesore now for visitors or passers by to our city. We need fewer distractions and more attractions to revive our community. Do something constructive. Decatur is an excellent example of how to turn things around.
Mary Ellen Moore July 24, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Parking is not the main issue. The rent on the building is over $10,000 a month, utilities not included.
Penny Williams July 24, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Would love to see an upscale restaurant in our area! We in Avondale can walk if parking is a problem!
Nick July 24, 2012 at 02:42 PM
+1
Cass Catroppa July 24, 2012 at 03:23 PM
I agree. The JJ Pub was unique, fun and a great community builder. Surely the parking issue can be resolved in some fashion. My vote is for another Joyce type establishment. Give incentives to make it happen.
Phototrekker July 24, 2012 at 04:00 PM
I would like to see Avondale resident Dave Blanchard , co-owner of Brick Store Pub and Leon's do something with the space. Both places are unique and very successful serving good food and drink - would be great to have something along those lines take over that space.
bulldogger July 24, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Yeah, how 'bout another Hensler's......A Decatur Graduate, I believe.
bulldogger July 24, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Or a Huddle House - What? Founded by another Decatur Graduate? Maybe we ought to get some Decatur People involved - they seem to know what works!!!!!
Suzanne Kosmerl July 24, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Thumbs Up Smokehouse II. Their first try in Avondale was cut too short - not at their choosing. I hope they'll try again with this new concept.
Dianne Carter July 24, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Resolve the parking dispute, considerably lower the rent and open a medium to upscale restaurant. That property and the old pizza place property need revitalization. The shopping center across the street with the Salvation Army desperately needs a facelift. The whole area looks junky. Why can't a major construction company come in and help?
bulldogger July 24, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Money, Dianne, Money and the economy.
Erik Haagensen July 25, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Avondale's relentless attempts at involuntary annexation and treating citations as a revenue source continually reinforce the view in the business community that Avondale is anti-business. Many developers and businesses are afraid that Avondale is not a pro-business community for these reasons. A change in attitudes and actions in these areas would probably help more than adding headcount and expenses at city hall.
Lucinda August 10, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Bring back the space as something like the old James Joyce, where families could come for dinner & the bar crowd could enjoy after 9 pm. I loved the old James Joyce & would happily patronize a similar establishment. Parking? The neighboring business is no longer there, last I saw.
Lucinda August 13, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Here's what should go there: a place like this! http://www.johnniemaccrackens.com/
Lucinda September 08, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Knock over the old pizza place & put in a parking lot.

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