Lots of people want to see an affordable vegetarian restaurant.

Others favor a market, such as Trader Joe's.

Many said they just don't want to see a chain.

Those all are suggestions taped to the front windows of the vacant Max & Erma's restaurant in German Village.

The German Village Society taped more than 100 "My wish for this property is" stickers on two front windows of the storefront.

Several of the notes suggested non-restaurant uses, such as a Lego Store, a gun shop and a flower shop.

LeBron James got two votes, though it is unclear why, and someone wrote: "Toilets that don't stink."

The site was the home of the original Max & Erma's, founded in 1972. The restaurant became a nationwide chain.

The storefront at 739 S. Third St., has been vacant since Aug. 6.

Jennifer Kessel-White, a leasing agent for the property owner, said there have been serious negotiations with more than one restaurant group but nothing was finalized as of Dec. 2. He declined to disclose the names of the restaurants.

"We're not dedicated to one particular venue there," Kessel-White said.

"We're open to suggestions and we want to have a little fun along the way."

Sue Gall, who owns the nearby Hey Hey Bar & Grill, stopped by the vacant storefront Nov. 27 to fill out a sticker, but none was available.

"I was here the first day Max & Erma's opened," she said.

Gall of Merion Village said it's prime real-estate in German Village but there's no dedicated parking, which is going to make it difficult for any retail operator.

She said she wasn't sure specifically what she wants to see replace the restaurant, but agreed with some respondents that a hardware store would be nice.

"One thing I hate seeing is empty," she said.

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