Dining: Fair trade — ice cream for pizza? That’s what’s on the way at former Bruster’s on Shorter Avenue — a new Pizza Hut. Plus updates on former car wash nearby.

Dining: Fair trade — ice cream for pizza? That’s what’s on the way at former Bruster’s on Shorter Avenue — a new Pizza Hut. Plus updates on former car wash nearby.

 

Some $165,000 in renovations are under way at the former Bruster’s on Shorter Avenue. Due next: Pizza Hut. Hometown photos

By June, the scoop was out: Bruster’s had closed at 1911 Shorter Ave. and the site was on the market for $595,000. Included were a1,053-square-foot building open since 2001 and 32 parking spots along a prime stretch of the West Rome corridor.

Passersby started spotting crews inside the once-popular ice cream shop and now Rome-Floyd building records show what’s up. JJB Pizza II LLC out of Mississippi is bringing Pizza Hut to West Rome, ramping up competition with near Domino’s, Little Caesar’s and CiCi’s — all spaced out along the highway.

This is in addition to the shop on Martha Berry across from the planned redevelopment of the strip that leads to the “point” of Martha Berry and North Fifth Avenue.

Though smaller in scope, the redevelopment of the Bruster’s site continues a trend along Shorter of creative reuse: A former Hardee’s gave way to a Starbucks, Easy Auto developed on land that had been on the market for several years, a former bank office was transformed into Popeye’s and several others.

Car wash to car sounds? Speaking of, we’re told this (below) is going to be a new home for a car audio center — the former Goo-Goo Express across from Red Lobster. The site was sold for $467,000 in December.

What’s ahead at 701 Shorter Ave. Hometown photo.

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