Eudora to regain business
Eudora could soon regain one of the five businesses it has lost during the last year.
Dan Strimple, owner and operator of Cutter’s Smokehouse, is in talks with Stan Byrne to move Cutter’s into half of the space in the building Durkin’s Hardware will vacate.
Durkin’s announced at the end of September it was going out of business and would be vacating the building at 218 W. 20th St. by the end of this month.
Strimple moved Cutter’s out of the space at 726 Main St. in May because his rent was being raised.
Strimple said he hoped to move into the building on 20th Street, which at 3,000 square feet is 1,000 square feet bigger his the previous location, by the first of the year.
He said he would like to have a banquet room and a stage for the musicians who had been performing at Cutter’s during its last year.
“We’re designing this whole thing around the food and the music,” Strimple said. “We’d like to be an entertainment destination for the locals and bring in people from out town.”
In addition, Cutter’s will serve liquor and beer. No smoking will be allowed.
Strimple also would like to have his annual holiday dinner in December.
For Byrne's’ part, he said he made a point of trying to fill the empty space with local merchants.
“I’ve always felt we need to keep our local businesses here,” Byrne's said. “I’m real sad John (Durkin) couldn’t make it; the reason we built that building was for the hardware business. With Cutters, the money is going to stay local — they’ll hire local people and they’ll sponsor local ball games.”
It also is widely believed that a new tenant will be moving into the space at 724 Main St., which had been inhabited by Coffee Talk. However, building owner Pam Staab was not available for comment.