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(PHOTO: Former Cristina's property, today)

The property at the former Bistro Cristina’s Restaurant will be given away to a non-profit organization for re-development.

Former restaurant owner Chuck Brumsted made the announcement today from his home in Florida. Brumsted says it’s his way of giving back to Batavia.

"After being in the restaurant business for 25 years," says Chuck, "without all the community support that we had through the years, what Cristina's was wouldn't have been possible. I'd like to give something back to the community."

The restaurant burned down in July of 2008. The cause of that fire was never determined.
Now, Brumsted envisions a youth athletic facility, a care center, or an amphitheatre, among many other ideas.
He says any monetary loss in donating the property is immaterial to him.

"No, it'd be an honor and a privilege. We'd like to see the building stay intact; it'll be a great memory of Cristina's, to have it turned into the something the whole community can share."

Anyone interested in Brumsted’s offer is asked to call him at 356-0927.

(PHOTO: Bistro Cristina's Restaurant, before fire. Courtesy Chuck Brumsted)

(DIAGRAM: Re-development plans for former Bistro Cristina's site. Courtesy Chuck Brumsted)

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