What Should Go Here? Watershed on Ponce

The building has been empty since the restaurant closed a year ago.

It seems like a good time to talk about the old Watershed, the restaurant that helped put Decatur on the map for foodies, because it .

The restaurant relocated to Buckhead and reopened for business last month to good reviews.

Back in Decatur, the former gas station where chef Scott Peacock served updated Southern classics has remained empty, though the Watershed sign still stands in the parking lot as a reminder of past days.

Patch asked this question in March and nobody had much to say, so we ask again: What kind of business would you like to see moving into the Watershed space?

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.

FM Fats August 14, 2012 at 11:20 AM
We don't have any pawn shops downtown.
Ralph Ellis August 14, 2012 at 11:22 AM
Remember Watershed? What should go in its space.
FM Fats August 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Five Guys.
Deanna Ozio August 14, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Does anyone remember Metro Market? It was ahead of it's time in downtown Decatur, but would likely do well now. Had a mix of items, all price points. Not quite as top dollar as some of the new markets. They could also team with some of the community gardens to sell local products. Some towns have stores where you can support the farmers market crowd daily. Just a thought....
Lisa Bennett August 14, 2012 at 12:03 PM
I like Deanna's idea. So many times I wish I could go the the local farmer's market on a non-market day.
Natalie Snedden August 14, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Love that idea!
Susan Puckett August 14, 2012 at 12:28 PM
I like Deanna's idea, too! I would also love to see Souper Jenny come to Decatur. Or maybe an outpost of Tupelo Honey in Asheville.
Mary Rigger August 14, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Alon's Bakery
FM Fats August 14, 2012 at 01:37 PM
According to today's Decatur Metro, the Candler Park Market hopes to build a store on College near Mead. Meanwhile, let's also support the Oakhurst Market and Sawicki's. Given how incredibly expensive it is to put a kitchen exhaust sytem into place, the Watershed location is most likely to be leased by a restaurant, as I would expect to happen at the old Depeaux, Feast, and Ruby Tuesday's locations as well.
Julie August 14, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Local foods gourmet market, with dine in capabilities.
John Lemley August 14, 2012 at 03:39 PM
What REALLY should happen is that, once Scott Peacock finishes his book and documentary project, he should return to Decatur with new incarnation of his "sacred ode to Southern food" concept. Long live Edna Lewis!
swagger August 14, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Dollar General
Kevin Polite August 14, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Delia's Chicken Sausage Stand! Love that place.
Deanna Ozio August 14, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Exacty....I went to Souper Jenny last week; it's great. So we could have something like "Souper Jenny, in a market that sells and cooks local food... Plus they could sell important things like dog food and toilet paper:). This is pretty much the business I've always wanted. Too bad I've already got a day job!


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