Hometown Brew and Ribs
The Blockbuster store in south side Village Plaza is set to close March 24 and is liquidating its merchandise. Calls to Blockbuster's corporate office weren't returned, but the company announced it would close 300 of its 800 locations nationwide in 2013. Media experts cite the rise of online video streaming and DVD by mail for the demise of the video stores.
"Burgers are back!" says Judy Radant, co-owner, with Judy Bottum, of Ellie's Chocolate Cafe. The owners temporarily closed the restaurant side of the business in February but set a grand reopening for March 5. The duo will revise the restaurant menu slightly and continue to sell chocolates and hand-dipped ice cream in the adjoining space.
Ellie's Chocolate Cafe, 312 N. Main, 475-1457, Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Sun.
[Originally published in May, 2013.]