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Vacant restaurant at mall getting new tenant

NILES — A former buffet-style restaurant at the Eastwood Mall Complex that closed without notice in 2017 has a new tenant.

King Cajun Seafood & Bar plans to open in mid-2022 in the building that once contained HomeTown Buffet, according to complex owner / operator Cafaro Company.

Renovation at the 9,637-square-foot restaurant to create a new dining room and full bar is expected to start soon. The menu will feature dishes inspired by the food of New Orleans and the Low Country, according to Cafaro Company.

HomeTown Buffet, which had been outside the mall for 20 years, abruptly closed its doors four years ago. Employees there learned of the closure through news reports, and the Cafaro Company was surprised, too, because at the time it was in the process of talking with the buffet’s operators about renewing the lease.

Another restaurant had planned to occupy the space. In March 2019, United Buffet leased the building but backed out. Boulevard Center LLC, an affiliate of the Cafaro Company, sued in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court, arguing United Buffet broke its lease agreement.

The case is pending.

King Cajun tentatively is scheduled to open in July. An exact opening date will be announced later.

Also at the mall, Infinite Consortium Gaming (ICG) plans to open this fall in the former FYE store.

ICG specializes in tabletop gaming, including games the likes of Magic: The Gathering and Pokemon. It also will have more traditional board games and other items in the retail space.

Part of the 3,438-square-foot store will be reserved for gaming space. Owners Tom and Michalena Vaughn opened their first ICG in 2013 in Sharon, Pa.

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