Manuel’s will also partition the north section of the building off. That area, called the North Avenue room and the Lower Level dining room, will become retail space for separate businesses.
Brian Maloof, owner of Manuel’s, said losing the North Avenue section would take about 2,000 square feet off the restaurant’s 9,600 square-foot footprint. He said the loss of seating in that area would be partly compensated by the addition of outdoor seating, and new seating in areas that will become usable as a result of the renovation.
Total seating would drop from 365 to 340. The renovation is to begin when the restaurant closes Dec. 27, annd should be complete in “three and a half to four months.”
Maloof, owner of the business and the youngest son of namesake Manuel Maloof, said the parking area on the east side of North Highland Avenue would continue to be used for Manuel’s parking and that there will be dedicated free parking slots for the tavern in the new deck below the mixed-use structure.