With Lot Back to Bid, Riverside Market Sees a Brighter Fate
Riverside Market owner Julian Siegel is pleased, albeit guarded. "The only way the ruling is in my favor is that it was not awarded to the other side," he said. Another bid for nearly double the first listing means several months more of this go-round that will ultimately determine the fate of his restaurant.
That Siegel had the opportunity to protest the sale of the city-owned land next to his building was unusual, the result of a technicality: When the city placed the ad in newspapers for the date for sale of the land, the date was was incorrect.
When he followed up with city officials to express dismay over the sale of the land to Gaddis, he promptly received a letter and an email indicating that he would have the opportunity to make his case last month. More than 50 people showed up to support Riverside, dressed in yellow T-shirts that read "Save Riverside Market" and "Support Local Business."
Questions remain about how Siegel shall proceed in limbo, since he cannot obtain a liquor license until the parking situation has been resolved. Will he have to stop selling beer consumed on premise? Clean Plate Charlie will keep you updated as details unfold.