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Ballyhoo owners planning Broadway restaurant

Ballyhoo owners Timothy and Morgan Stevens are planning to open a restaurant at 50 Broadway.

The restaurant’s focus is “under wraps” for now, Timothy Stevens said. He plans to have it open by spring.

The Stevens’ new project will be adjacent to Deep South Taco, and join other new places within a few blocks, including Big Ditch Brewery, Tappo and Jaz & Jack’s.

Ballyhoo, which recently celebrated its second anniversary, will remain open. “Ballyhoo is a great thing, and we wouldn’t mess with it,” Stevens said. “We have a huge following of great customers, and I would never jeopardize that.”

Ballyhoo owners Tim Stevens, left, and his wife Morgan Stevens, middle, will open a new restaurant downtown. (Chuck Alaimo/Special to The News)

Ballyhoo owners Tim Stevens, left, and his wife Morgan Stevens, middle, will open a new restaurant downtown. (Chuck Alaimo/Special to The News)

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The building is owned by Roger Trettel, who has presented city officials with plans to combine 50 Broadway and 2 Blossom St. into a mixed-use complex that he will renovate. The Broadway building is a three-story, 6,275-square-foot brick structure, while the Blossom facility is one story.

The restaurant will be on the first floor of the three-story building, and the single-story Blossom Street structure will hold a bar and banquet area, Stevens said.

Office space and apartments are planned for the rest of the building, which has been vacant for 20 years. Trettel has started exterior renovations and repairs to restore the original façade.

Trettel has successfully redeveloped other buildings in that area of the city, along Main, Washington, Ellicott, and Genesee streets, including the Buehl Block, the Main-Washington Exchange building, and the headquarters for his company, TetraTech. (With contributions from Jonathan Epstein)

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