Site work started last fall to make way for a new incarnation of El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant along with a proposed 15,400-square-foot retail center has yielded little but piles of concrete foundation, footers and asphalt. Greenfield city officials recently gave the company 14 days to begin rectifying the situation at 2203 N. State St. The original restaurant burned down in November 2012. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
GREENFIELD — As the new Gander Mountain retail store rises in the background, the ashes of the former El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant along North State Street have turned to rubble with little tangible evidence of the establishment’s rebirth since the company announced plans to rebuild last spring.
The popular Greenfield eatery was destroyed by a fire in November 2012. In April 2013, Jose Melendez, a principal with El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant Inc., which operates 18 stores in the Indianapolis area, said he intended to bring the restaurant back – along with a 15,400-square-foot retail plaza on the three-acre site.
However, after breaking ground last fall, work abruptly halted, leaving only heaps of broken concrete foundation and footers, mangled rebar and mounds of fragmented asphalt.
On March 4, the city zoning enforcement department sent El Rodeo a letter giving the company 14 days to renew its expired demolition permit and clean the site up.
Within a few days of that letter, the company responded and said it would get back to work on a project that was previously projected to have been completed by the first of the year.