The building that was once home to the Vintage, a popular Topeka restaurant, will be razed to pave the way for a new gas station and convenience store at the northern corner of the Gage Shopping Center.
Topeka City council members approved the project unanimously at the Tuesday meeting.
The Vintage was a prominent place to gather for politicians in Topeka and was also the site of a fight outside the establishment in the mid-90’s, pitting members of the Westboro Baptist Church against other protestors over the hiring of a waitress who was gay.
And some merchants in the area are excited by the new building. Jim Haskell, owns the restaurant Annie’s Place in the same shopping center.
“Anything that brings traffic through the area. You know, so the more the merrier. The way you try to look at that thing is you want awareness, you don’t want people forgetting about you”
Project engineer, Kevin Holland said they’ll start construction in the spring, and it should only take about 6 months.
“Gage center has been showing its age over the years, and this is a nice new project,” Holland said, “There’s not a lot of gas stations in this area of town, so it will be, I’m sure a welcome convenience to those that live around this location and of course just a freshening of Gage center as well.”