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Moe's Southwest Grill coming to North Utica

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - North Utica residents will soon be hearing "Welcome to Moe's!"

The restaurant chain will be moving to the site of the former Friendly's after the building on site is demolished, Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri said.

The City of Utica's Department of Codes Enforcement has issued a Demolition Permit to the Cameron Group allowing for the vacant Friendly's to be torn down and a new multi-tenant building anchored by Moe's Southwest Grill to be built in its place.

"It is rare that a building gets demolished in Utica and is immediately replace by a viable national brand like Moe's Southwest Grill," Mayor Palmieri said. "Moe's will provide new jobs, expand our tax base and diversify restaurant options just minutes off the Thruway. This is another indication that Utica is coming back."

The Cameron Group states that demolition will begin soon and that plans for the new building will be submitted to the City's Planning Board for review and approval within the next few weeks.

Construction is expected to be complete by this Fall.

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