3 restaurants have failed at this West Chester building. What could it be next?

The new owner of a Butler County property that has housed three restaurants in the past 10 years is working to determine a future use for the site by this fall.

The building at 7701 Voice of America Centre Drive in West Chester Twp. sold in April for $2.1 million, according to the Butler County Auditor’s Office.

The restaurant was constructed in 2003 on 1.7 acres of land on the northeast corner of Cox and Tylersville roads in Voice of America Centre shopping center.

The 7,178-square-foot structure operated as a Milano’s Pizza, Subs & Taps from January 2014 until May 2018. Marlin & Ray’s, a steak and seafood restaurant, operated there from February 2012 until January 2013 at the location. Ruby Tuesday was open there prior to that.

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The property was purchased by RLG Flag City LLC, which lists a Miami Twp. mailing address shared by RG Properties, a privately held Miami Twp. real estate investment, development, and asset management firm.

Plans for the property are still being worked out, though the company is considering restaurant uses or retail space, according to Paul Miller, RG Properties’ executive vice president of real estate.

“We have a number of relationships in retail and we operate several restaurants as franchise locations and we love that piece of real estate,” Miller said in May, after the sale was final. “We love its location, we think it’s a nice piece of the overall center. We like the center and its manager, Midland Atlantic and we’re not quite sure what we want to do with it. The building’s a little big, we think, for a restaurant.”

Dining options are plentiful at Voice of America Centre, including Bonefish Grill, Chick-fil-A, City Barbeque, Chipotle Mexican Grill, LongHorn Steakhouse, Miyako Sushi & Grill, Panera Bread, Soho Japanese Bistro and Wayback Burgers.

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Options for the building include using the entire space for generic retail or dividing it for use between two tenants.

“If we split, then we think there’s probably a better chance of doing part of that as a restaurant with a little bit of a smaller floorplan,” he said. “It would probably be less expensive if we ended up with a tenant that could re-use the infrastructure that’s there for the restaurant.”

Miller said RG Properties also loves the market in which the property is located.

“The demographics are really strong and I would hope we would come to a conclusion by fall as to what we’re going to do with that,” he said.

Something that RG Properties plans to generate interest for the site at RECon, the International Council of Shopping Center’s annual convention, which is scheduled to run from Sunday to Wednesday in Las Vegas.

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