“There’s a unique Rockford job available” – 1983

DeDonker

Source:  Rockford Register Star July 23, 1983

MetroCentre-Mayflower

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“Restaurateurs protest Logan’s downtown plan”  from Rockford register Star June 23, 1984

“Disgruntled restaurateurs told MetroCentre general Manager Douglas Logan Friday that a new downtown restaurant will take money from their pockets and wipe out as many jobs as it creates.”

“Local restaurateurs are complaining because The Mayflower was chosen without a competitive bidding process.  They say Salamone will have the unfair advantage of support from public funds.”   “If a restaurant fails, the 7,000 suare first floor space could become parking space.”

Source: Rockford Register Star June 23, 1984

MetroCentre-Mayflower pact

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Location 102 N. Main St./301 W. State St. (same location, both addresses)

Defined by RockfordTownshipAssessor.net as “Urban Mixed-Use Parking Garage”  January 1986 a building permit was issued for a restaurant, $222,000.  No occupant 1984, 1985,

“Centre-Mayflower pact angers restaurateurs” from Rockford Register Star June 20, 1984

“Downtown restaurateurs started a slow burn Tuesday after learning the MetroCentre Authority plans to spend $500,000 to entice the Mayflower Restaurant into opening a downtown business.”

“The restaurant would be located on the first floor of the parking deck being constructed by the MetroCentre Authority at State and Main Sts.”

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“The MetroCentre money comes from Roy Fridh, a limited partner in the construction and ownership of the incomplete downtown parking deck. Fridh paying the MetroCentre so he in turn can receive the depreciation tax benefits from the building.”

“Logan said he opted to negotiate with the Mayflower and not seek bids from other restaurants because he wants to guarantee that the restaurant that opens in the parking deck is a well-known high-quality local business. The Mayflower has been in business in Loves Park for 50 years.”

“But downtown restaurateurs see the move as bringing a new competitor to the area and giving him an unfair advantage,”

Source: Rockford Register Star June 20, 1984