When it comes to the heritage cafeteria, many people have fond memories and can remember their favorites from the menu.
âMy mom raised me here when I was four or five,â said Jordan Scott, fruit expert at Edible Arrangements (a company located in Fremont Center near the old heritage site). I always have mac and cheese. Even to this day, I still eat mac and cheese and it reminds me so much of coffee, âshe said.
âWe would often go to my parents’ house and eat there,â said Jason Mohler, owner of CPR Cell Phone Repair. “They still love fish, so they spent some time there.”
While the place closed in 2016, its demolition is a sad sight for generations of Springfield residents. After lying vacant for five years, it took only a few days for teams to demolish it.
Scott explained, âWe ate at Heritage Cafe all the time with my grandmother. So seeing it being demolished hurt my soul a bit. “
There was a chain of these cafeterias around Springfield. Their heyday dates back to the ’80s and’ 90s. Eventually, they closed one by one as consumers’ eating habits changed. The S. Glenstone Avenue site is now a dollar tree. The W. Sunshine building has become a call center. Now, what’s next for the E. Battlefield site will be the biggest change of all.
Mohler said: “I think with a new building like this a lot of people will notice it and it will probably draw more attention to the mall as well.”
Coryell Collaborative Group is building a mixed-use development, which will include retail space on the first floor and four floors of luxury apartments above.
Mohler said: âI was surprised that these were apartments. But, I think with retailing and having something new, a new look, I think that will be a big advantage for us.
Neighboring businesses look back with fondness and forward with enthusiasm.
I think it will generate more traffic because something new is always interesting people and grabbing their attention. So I think that would be a huge advantage, âMohler said.
Scott said: “I think it’s a bigger and better thing for Springfieldâ¦ I think it’s going to be great.”