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What Would You Like to See in the Old Gap Building in Hinsdale?

In a new weekly series, Patch asks readers how they would fill empty storefronts around town.

When , it opened up a 4,300-square-foot space at 101 S. Washington St.

community development director Tim Scott said the building once served as a bank. He said it's "remarkably beautiful" but its size might give potential tenants a bit of pause.

“That’s more than double what most people are looking for today,” Scott said of the 4,300 square feet, noting that “niche operators” who might be interested in a downtown Hinsdale space don’t carry as much inventory as a retailer like Gap. “It’s definitely a bigger space than what the market is typically calling for today.”

A restaurant could utilize the large space, but the building lacks necessary infrastructure, including a kitchen, grease traps, and proper accessibility.

Conceptually, a restaurant in that space could be a fit, Scott said.

“Financially, it’s certainly challenging.”

Whether it's a new restaurant, clothing store or something completely new, we want to hear what businesses you'd most like to see take over at 101 S. Washington St. in Hinsdale.

Share your ideas in the comments.

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Joe O'Donnell September 10, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Any ideas out there? What is downtown Hinsdale in need of?
Kristin September 18, 2012 at 04:36 AM
This building used to house a lovely garden restaurant --which would be great to have again, skylights w bright sunny interior. Here are a few other ideas; Hot hot retailer MAngo, or MAdeWell (but opening in OB) Cal Pizza Kitchen, or the former McD's exec's healthy and delisch Burgers place - take III?
Joe O'Donnell September 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Interesting ideas, Kristin! I've never heard of the McDonald's exec's burger place. Any more info on it?
Marty Kwilosz September 22, 2012 at 03:29 AM
I'm interested in this McDonalds

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