Sale of Fresh Choice site wins Fairfield OK

By From page A4 | March 05, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Sale of the Fresh Choice restaurant site for $1.4 million won approval Tuesday by the City Council amid an assurance that the buyer, who owns the Red Robin restaurant in Vacaville, doesn’t plan that restaurant for the Travis Boulevard property.

Karl Dumas, senior economic development project manager for the city, said before the unanimous vote that buyer Robert Robben is willing to have the council agree to what restaurant will be located at the site.

“There is no intent or desire to put a Red Robin in his building,” said Dumas. “Red Robin is in the mall. They’re doing fine.”

After Dumas noted the buyer would allow the city a say in what restaurant would follow, Councilwoman Pam Bertani said “P.F. Chang’s.”

The Fresh Choice site on 1.2 acres is on property that belongs to the city agency established after redevelopment ended. Council members, acting as the successor agency to redevelopment, approved the sale that now goes to the state Department of Finance.

Fairfield received the property in January 2013 because of Fresh Choice’s bankruptcy. The city’s former redevelopment agency bought the site in 1976 for $63,706.

Proceeds from the Fresh Choice property sale would be distributed as property tax to local governments.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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  • SteveMarch 05, 2014 - 8:20 pm

    Fresh Choice is bankrupt. The building is vacant. It needs updating. It generates no tax revenue and someone is stepping up to buy it. And Bertani is trying to lobby for PF Changs. How about Morton's Steakhouse? Or Ruth Chris? Give the poor man a break and let him do what he can to bring a restaurant, almost any restaurant, to the site. Demographics determine what restaurants will locate here. Not wishing.

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