Clintonville residents excited for Galley Boys in their neighborhood will remain hungry for now.
A scheduled presentation by representatives of Swensons Drive-In before the Clintonville Area Commission at its Nov. 7 meeting was canceled earlier that day, commission chairwoman B.J. White said.
"Bill Hadler (vice president and leasing agent for Hadler Properties) contacted me late yesterday afternoon to cancel his appearance before the CAC. Swensons has paused the process for now. That is all I know right now," White said Nov. 8.
Swensons is considering a restaurant on the vacant lot at 5304 N. High St., just north of Sunnyside Lane across from the COTA bus turnaround, according to the CAC's agenda for the Nov. 7 meeting.
Ron Dee, Swensons vice president, real estate, was to be part of the presentation. White previously had confirmed that Swensons had signed a lease agreement with Hadler Properties.
Swensons spokesman Kevin Howley said he does not comment on any project not currently under construction, and added Dee would not be available for comment.
White -- who represents District 9 on the CAC, where the property is located -- said she believes it will be developed.
"I remain optimistic that there will be a purposeful development, Swensons or not, that serves the neighborhood and complements our streetscape north of Morse Road," she said. "Swensons may need ironed out or cease the trajectory altogether.
"(I am) still optimistic that there is interest by developers in that particular parcel that could be the epicenter of greater things in the northern part of Clintonville," White said.
"I am also encouraged by the active marketing by the Hadler Cos. and their positive rapport that exists with District 9 of Clintonville that is deeply rooted since the development of the COTA bus turnaround," she said.
Swensons, a popular drive-in hamburger restaurant, was founded in 1934 and until recently was exclusive to northeast Ohio.
In the past 12 months, restaurants have opened near Dublin, in Hilliard and in Polaris, with Reynoldsburg and Gahanna-area stores set to open soon.