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Wednesday December 8th

West Coast Cafe Becomes East End Oyster Bar

The California Cafe, located at 201 E. Franklin St., recently changed ownership after the store's opening and is currently being renovated from a pizzeria cafe into a nighttime hot spot.

Richard Paris, owner of the property located at the corner of East Franklin Street and Henderson Street, said he plans to open East End Oyster and Martini Bar by Oct. 29.

"Our target is Oct. 29, but we will definitely be open for Halloween," he said.

For now, East End does not look like much -- boards and painting sheets litter the floor; sawdust and the sounds of construction fill the air.

Paper covers the windows, obscuring the view of passers-by from the street.

But Paris is adamant that his restaurant will be open on schedule.

He said the name East End stems from the property's location at the east end of Franklin Street.

Paris also said the new bar will have a 500 gallon fish tank filled with exotic marine life.

"We are going to have oysters and clams on the half shell, shrimp and hopefully lobster tails," he said. "We are going to have a beautiful new bar.

"There will be 100 different kinds of martinis served."

The East End will serve lunch and dinner during the week and will feature such specials as Thirsty Thursday, with live music from 4 to 7 p.m. and 25 cent oysters.

California Cafe's former owners Jim and John Palioris could not be reached for comment.

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