UPDATE 9/28/10 @ 8:15 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It has been about a month since the Blossom Deli, one of Charleston's most popular lunchtime eateries closed down.
But don't expect the former Blossom Deli location along Quarrier Street to stay empty for long.
State Senator Brooks McCabe, who represents Kanawha County, owns the building. He told us Tuesday night that he's getting a lot of interest from buyers who want to open a restaurant in the location.
McCabe says he hopes to have a deal finalized on the property in a couple of months.
Ironically, a sign has popped up in the Kanawha City area of Charleston, saying bring back the Blossom Deli.
The restaurant's owner, Bill Sohovich, says he has no plans on re-opening the deli and doesn't know who is behind this sign. Sohovich owns Soho's at Capitol Market. He says you can expect some of the Blossom's favorite lunchtime dishes being served their soon.
He tried having several restaurants running at the same time, which he says distracted him from making Blossom thrive during the economic downturn.
"We just can't get the night business to come in. New restaurants are in. I have no parking here. I have no bar here. So, I think that [is] a factor," Sohovich says.
The restaurant will close following dinner Saturday.
"We've put out what we think is as good a product as anything. It's just difficult to get [people] to come out now," Sohovich says.
He says running a few restaurants at the same time proved difficult.
He also owns the popular Soho's at Capitol Market. He owned Billy's on Corridor G for a while, but that restaurant was also forced to close.
"I kind of took my eye off the ball here," Sohovich says.
He says the closure of his restaurant is not an issue with trying to draw people downtown.
After all, more businesses and competition are moving in to the downtown area, as well as the neighboring East End.
"They're taking smart risks because there seems to be a big influx of people, especially in Charleston that are wanting something different," says Ric Cavender, director of East End Main Street.
Charleston Mayor Danny Jones has memories of Blossom going back for decades, long before Sohovich took over.
"I believe the Blossom Dairy could and still and will come alive again, hopefully under different proprietorship," Jones says.
Sohovich, too, is optimistic someone will move into the space.
"I was just a caretaker for the period of time I was here. Somebody will come along. Something will happen. Somebody will come in," Sohovich says.
For the employees, looking for a job in this economy could be difficult.
But, Sohovich says all but one of them have jobs lined up at other restaurants run by Sohovich and his family.