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Occupy This Space: Yo & Papa

People work there, then stop. Then, they work again. What would you like to see come to this location?

It was here. Then, it was gone. 

No, we're not talking about , though that caught a lot of people by surprise, as well. .

Shortly , the restaurant–known for its outdoor seating in the summer–closed its doors for business. All was quiet. It was messy. Then, it was cleaned up a little and the sign for Yo & Papa was taken down.

Then, all was quiet again. Recently, as approached, rumors began to spread that something–anything–would open up there for Parade Day, as people had seen workers cleaning up the joint once more.

Yet, today, it remains closed.

So, in this week's "Occupy This Space," we're asking people once again what they would like to see occupy the former Yo & Papa. Another restaurant? A bar? Something completely different? Chime in.

Chris Katz March 16, 2012 at 10:16 AM
A billiard or ping pong hall. Of course, if the lease came with the previous liquor license, that would be great but not necessary.
Jacquelyn Braun March 16, 2012 at 11:26 AM
The place has always needed a facelift, even when it was Calaloo ... It is pretty big downstairs ... Hummm, I agree, maybe a billiard hall with live bands. A diner or causal family place to eat ?
margret brady March 16, 2012 at 12:56 PM
It started as a Perkins Pancake House, then concerted to quality restaurants with a french flair one was named La Monet, Both had excellent food and did quite well, It was purchased by Larry Berger who conerted it into a casual dining spot with a big bar, That was around the same time that Society Hill replaced the Wedgewood restaurant where TD Bank now stands. Both places enlarged the bars and now catered to drinker with food as an additional feature and ever louder bands, Callaloo was the first to move outside.. Callaloo managed to outlast the 4 versions of Jimmies with each attracting fewer diners and more bar patrons until the action moved up town as bar goers tend to follow the newest bar looking for novelty and entertainment. The residents suffering from an evergrowing noise abd trash problem were not unhappy to see them go. I would like to see a book store/cafe that served food and drinks with a pleasant outside patio to sit with your book or IPad and sip your drink while you watch the world go by. With so many apartments in the area, having an outside space to enjoy could serve a real need. Perhaps they could charge a cover charge after an half an hour to help cover the costs of patrons spending the extra time.
margret brady March 16, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Sorry, can't seem to spell convert today,
Michael March 16, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Great place for Cha Cha Cha to relocate to, and they would barely have to change the decor! Or a hibachi restaurant.
Ryan March 16, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Brew pub.
John March 20, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Residents? This isnt exactly a suburban street we're talking about, here. Hopefully whatever opens there is not run by the same people who've mismanaged it so severely for so long. Whats next? A biker bar?
Michael January 02, 2013 at 03:29 PM
So I saw them pouring cement or something here the other day, what's the story?
Cesar Ch March 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Does anyone know how to contact the current owner? I have a great idea for this location and would like to get in touch with the current owner.

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