The owner of the Bowling Green Hot Rods is in final negotiations to take over development of the commercial wrap of the downtown parking garage.
Jerry Katzoff laid out his plans to the Warren County Fiscal Court on Tuesday.
Katzoff, who has experience in real estate and restaurants, said he wants to reopen the famed Mariah’s restaurant and possibly the 643 sports bar.
"I think five restaurants in this small town and in the same market is tough," Katzoff told WKU Public Radio. "I think a sports bar and a family-oriented restaurant could work really well around the stadium."
Katzoff believes Mariah’s can reopen in the next month. He envisions the other restaurants being replaced with new tenants. Katzoff is considering retail offices, apartments, and condominiums.
Financial problems closed the restaurants in recent months and resulted in liens on the property, although a settlement agreement has been reached.
Once Katzoff takes over development of the wrap, Hitcents Park Plaza would be renamed Stadium Park Plaza.