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Demolition Of Former Restaurant Building Underway At Mayfaire

By Cece Nunn, posted May 26, 2023
Demolition is underway on the former restaurant building at 1055 International Drive in Mayfaire Town Center. (Photo by Cece Nunn)
At Mayfaire Town Center, crews have begun demolishing the former restaurant building in front of The Fresh Market grocery store.

The long-vacant building is being destroyed to make way for a new feature at the mixed-use center – an Element by Westin hotel.

CBL Properties (NYSE:CBL) and Vision Hospitality Group announced in January that they will build the 83,000-square-foot hotel at 1055 International Drive. The former restaurant building there previously held Main Street Brewing Co. and before that, Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill.

Paige Coniglio, marketing director for Mayfaire, said in an email Thursday that the demolition's timeline is hard to predict but it could be complete within a month.

The 139-room Element by Westin hotel will mark the brand’s entrance into the Wilmington market, a news release stated. Construction on the project is expected to begin soon with an anticipated opening in spring 2024, the release stated. The hotel is being developed in a 49-51 joint venture between CBL and Vision Hospitality. 

Five years ago, another restaurant building at Mayfaire was demolished to offer new space to potential tenants. A new building that took the former Macaroni Grill's place holds a First Watch restaurant and Buff City Soap.
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