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12/31/04

Spanky's Closes Restaurant

Spanky's owner Lisa West rattled a few chains Friday. Lisa shut down her Slide Road location for good and posted a 'For Sale' sign in front.

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"There's a lot of consideration with closing that store because it's our busiest month ever. Every day I've been in there. It's been busy so its hard for me. It has been so alive and going, but at the same time it's a quality of life issue for me," West said. "I'm a single mom raising a three and a five year-olds and I need to focus my time on my family and the University store."

But she says the decision to close the Slide Road location was not all too clear a couple of years ago. "Business slowed down considerably with all the demolition in the area," West said.

Her University restaurant became a prime target for McDougal developers. McDougal C.E.O. Delbert McDougal says he offered West $1.2 million dollars for her restaurant, but she told NewsChannel 11, the store was not for sale. This makes Spanky's on University the only standing original business not bought out by McDougal.

"This is the largest revitalization in the nation. To be able to be here and continue operating and be a part of this as it comes back is exciting for us," said West.

She says business is picking up on University since the opening of several apartments in the Overton area. And because of that, West says she has big plans to make some changes. In the spring, she will expand the balcony so it can seat double the people.

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