Latino's Restaurant, on Parade Street, will be closing its doors at the end of this month after 22 years in business. The owner will be focusing on his new venture, the redevelopment of the Maennerchor property on State Street.

 

Julio Reyes purchased the property last September at a sheriff's sale for $335,000. The longtime Erie social club had been closed since March of last year.
       

Reyes has big plans for the property.  He will keep the Maennerchor name. It will be called Maennerchor Plaza.  Reyes has already begun cleaning the 120 year old building, and a new roof will be installed soon. 

"My wife and I plan to bring the building to its former glory and be able to lift this place better than when we got it.  Hopefully, it will stand the next 100 years or longer,” he said.


Several ventures are planned for the property beginning this summer with a Parking Lot Bazaar. It will be similar to the outdoor bazaars found in Mexico where people can come on the weekends and sell various types of items.  Food trucks, street vendors, and street performers will be invited.
     

Activities inside Maennerchor Plaza will take longer to open. They include ‘Cucina del Mundo’. Several chefs and cooks will each have a separate space in the kitchen to prepare and serve their specialties from all over the world.
    

The ballroom will be restored to its original beauty and will be available, not only for private events, but also as a venue for independent theater and music groups that have no place else to perform.

"It is a beautiful ballroom.  I don't think anyone has enough money to build a ballroom like that.  So we are going to try to restore it to its former glory,” says Reyes.

Reyes will listen to any person who wants to locate in the huge building. A microbrewery is a possibility. He may entertain an offer from someone who would want to re-open the Maennerchor's bowling alley and sports bar.
   

Reyes definitely wants to build a wall surrounding the property.  The wall would contain mosaics depicting the history of this region and would include all the ethnic influences in the city.

Reyes is now taking time to thank all of his customers who supported him at Latino's Restaurant over the past 22 years. A Bhutanese restaurant will be opening at that Parade Street location in June.