The filler of thousands of Downtown stomachs is no more.
City Center has permanently closed its third-floor food court - another phase of the $15 million renovation scheduled for completion fall 2005.
The 40 S. 7th Street shopping center has been emptying out for the past several months in preparation for a major repositioning designed to lure new businesses focused on basic services, such as a new daycare and grocery store.
Several businesses have closed on the City Center's skyway level. Some signs of life remain, however, such as the new fast-food restaurant, Baja Sol, which opened Jan. 3 near the skyway linking the complex with the 50 South 6th office tower.
Officials with Brookfield Properties, City Center's landlord, and Colliers Turley Martin Tucker, the commercial real estate firm consulting on leasing tightlipped about new tenants lined up for the City Center plan to announce the arrival of new businesses in coming weeks.
Erin Harney, marketing manager for Brookfield Properties, said possible new uses for the former food court area are still being discussed.
A new KinderCare daycare center has been mentioned as a possible new tenant for the space, according to real estate sources.
About a dozen fast-food restaurants, including Taco Bell, McDonald's and Eddington's, among others had spots in the food court.