WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The former John Wallace Kitchen will be getting an extreme makeover and, its new owners hope, a new restaurant tenant to help revitalize the West Main Street fixture and the downtown.
The restaurant that Nick Papoutsis opened in the 1960s closed a few years ago. It recently was purchased by Paul Gunder and Dr. Bob Zimmerman, who will be renovating the former restaurant from the floor to the ceiling, as well as nine one- and two-bedroom apartments on the upper floors.
"We'd like to see a good quality Mediterranean or Italian-style restaurant in there," said Gunder, a real estate agent who purchased the building with Zimmerman for $475,000.
"And we're making a very substantial investment above that" in the renovations, Gunder said. Bringing a good restaurant back to 81 W. Main St. could have a beneficial effect along the entire street, he said.