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Blue Spoon

Blue Spoon's location on South Oakland Avenue is shown. It may move to West Wood Street.

DECATUR — Blue Spoon, the popular Decatur breakfast restaurant that closed this summer, may have found a new location.

The Decatur City Council on Monday is scheduled to vote on rezoning four vacant parcels and a parking lot at 1048-1070 W. Wood St. "for new construction in which to house a restaurant."

The 34,000-square-foot site is just around the corner from the building at 120 S. Oakland Ave. where the restaurant operated until June, when management announced on Facebook that it was closing because of cost increases and other issues with their rental agreement.

May Properties Inc., which is listed as the owner of the Wood Street property, is owned by Spin City Cycles and Fleet Feet owner Kyle May. May could not be reached for comment. 

Blue Spoon owner Donovan Marschner said that after searching for a location, he felt it would be best to build a new location from the ground up as opposed to renting. He also was drawn to return near the Oakwood area because of the familiarity that had been established between the restaurant and its dedicated customers. 

"We're a campus breakfast place," Marschner said, referring to the original location's proximity to Millikin University. "If I leave the campus, then I'm not that anymore. You never know what customers are going to do. Too much change could be too much."

Marschner said that if the rezoning is approved, the new restaurant space will be a little roomier than the original space. It will also have many of the same features and that made the restaurant a morning favorite for many people, he said.  

"We'll still use the same menu ... and we're still going to have shared tables," he said. "The hope is for it to still be Blue Spoon, which will be good for the community there and good for (the) Oakwood (neighborhood)."

Pending the council's approval, Marschner said the next step toward Blue Spoon's return would be to meet with an architect and work to raise the money needed to get a loan and buy the land. He said he would consider starting a crowd-sourcing campaign to help raise the down payment money. 

Marschner said he didn't want to get too far ahead of himself on Thursday, but he's looking forward to what could come after the council meeting. 

"If it's a nice wintertime, we'll be getting to work," he said of the building process. "I would like to get back at it."


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May also owns Fleet Feet. 

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Contact Jaylyn Cook at (217) 421-7980. Follow him on Twitter: @jaylyn_HR

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