Three of Hitcents Park Plaza’s restaurants are closed to make way for new restaurants.
The doors and windows of Tres Molinos, Pagoda Asian Cafe and Brick & Basil Pizzeria – Hitcents’ three fast-casual restaurants – were covered Saturday in brown paper. A sign on the entrance near Tres Molinos read, “Temporarily closed for renivations (sic). New restaurants coming soon!”
The restaurants officially closed Saturday. Mariah’s and 6-4-3 Sports Bar remain open.
Clinton Mills, co-founder of Hitcents and president of MR Group, said the three restaurants didn’t fit in with the “downtown destination” atmosphere Mills and Hitcents co-founders Ed and Chris Mills want to create.
“What we noticed was that people are going to 6-4-3 and Mariah’s,” Mills said.
Mills said the three fast-casual restaurants likely weren’t getting as much business because customers had to put in a lot of effort for a quick-service meal, namely having to park somewhere in the parking garage and walk down to the restaurants.
“I think we underestimated the parking challenges that are there,” Mills said.
Hitcents plans to “redesign the concept and improve the experience,” according to a news release from Hitcents.
“What we’re really looking into is revamping the concepts into full-service restaurants,” Mills said.
The fast-casual restaurants have not attracted the customer base Hitcents expected, according to the release.
Mills said they will be working with an architect to devise new looks for the restaurants. They are tentatively planning to keep the Mexican and Asian cuisine but may nix the pizzeria. Mills said the restaurants have been open long enough that he and the Hitcents management team have been able to gather data to determine what dishes are most popular with customers.
Mills said it’s difficult to put a time frame on the completion of the project.
“We want to make sure we’re doing the best for the community that we can,” Mills said.
The Hitcents restaurants employed about 200 people. Some of those employees are cross-trained, Mills said, so they will stay on and work at Mariah’s or 6-4-3. When the new restaurants open, Mills said they want the other employees to return because Hitcents has built relationships with them.
Mariah’s and 6-4-3 Sports Bar continue to thrive and will not be affected by the restructuring, according to the release. 6-4-3 is nominated in this year’s Best of Bowling Green Awards in the Best New Restaurant category.