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Pizza restaurant eyes Adluh warehouse in The Vista

krupon@ thestate.com (803) 771-8308October 17, 2013 

An artist's rendering of the proposed changes to the Adluh Flour building that fronts Gervais Street.

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— After three years on the rental market, the former Adluh Flour warehouse in the Vista is poised to get some new tenants.

Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom, a Denver, Colo.-based restaurant chain with about 100 locations nationwide, has a contract on the Gervais Street building nestled between Hampton Inn and Jillian’s, according to commercial real estate broker Robin Dial II.

“This is exactly the type of operator we’re hoping to bring to the Vista,” said Dial, who is with Dial, Dunlap & Edwards. “We would like to close it by the end of the year.”

The pending contract comes on the heels of a year of explosive growth in the Vista, a bustling entertainment and nightlife district just west of the State House.

National retailer Urban Outfitters opened its first Midlands’ store there in July. A new Hyatt Place hotel in under construction in the empty lot next to the historic DuPre Building. And the DuPre Building is the new home to NAI Avant, a major commercial real estate firm.

The new restaurant at the Adluh warehouse would be “one more little piece tying things together,” said Fred Delk, executive director of the Columbia Development Corp. “It’s going to be pretty cool.”

The city’s design review board approved recently a plan to add a patio and second-story balcony to the building, which would be used for outdoor dining by the restaurant, Dial said.

The restaurant – which serves pizza, pasta, sandwiches and a range of beer – would take up about half of the 18,000-square-foot building, upstairs and downstairs, he said. That would leave about 9,000 square feet of space available for rent.

The rest of the building could be used for a combination of other purposes, including by another restaurant, a bar, retailers or offices, Dial said. “We’re not too picky.”

The building – more than a century old with high ceilings and original fireplaces – is being redeveloped with an eye toward historic preservation. It has been empty for close to 15 years since Adluh shut down its retail business. It continues milling operations in its distinctive white silo for wholesale customers.

Once negotiations are finalized with the anchor tenant, it should be easy to fill in the rest of the building, he said.

“It’s an incredible building,” Delk said.

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