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      New business announces plans for Bowling Green

      UPDATED: January 25 at 9:20 a.m.

      Construction on Saints Avenue Caf in Bowling Green is moving forward.

      The one-million-dollar project is a 43-hundred-square-foot cafe' in the Bowling Green Plaza Business Park.

      Saints Avenue Caf is expected to open in spring of 2012.

      The restaurant will be the first tenant in the new 20-acre Bowling Green Plaza Business Park and will be located at the southern tip of the business park.

      The eatery's name comes from U.S. Highway 61, which is called the Avenue of the Saints because it connects Saint Paul and Saint Louis.

      Partners in the new restaurant also own the Saint Avenue Caf in Canton and the Golden Corral in Hannibal.

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      Many companies have been hit hard over the past couple of years during this economic downturn, but an announcement out of Bowling Green Missouri could see the creation of several jobs and add more development to the south side of the Pike County Missouri town.

      For the past several years, Bowling Green Missouri has been a stop along the Avenue of the Saints that provided a quick bite to eat and a place to gas up your car or truck. But come next spring, a group of restaurant developers will open their second Saints Avenue caf and they say the success of their first restaurant in Canton Missouri led to their decision to open another one further south along Highway 61.

      "Small town communities is what we go into too. We don't go into big cities. And it's nice to know the mayor and other city officials in the community. That personal feeling and hospitality between one another and sitting down and having a cup of coffee with them, that's what it's all about," said Steve Shaw who is one of the restaurant developers.

      The restaurant will be be located on the south side of Bowling Green, near the new Wal- Mart and McDonalds. Chad Perkins is the mayor of Bowling Green and he said the construction of the new round about has led to more development in the area and he he expects more in the future.

      "We have an exciting development going on right here. A new roadway project and an anchor restaurant to kick this off. You know, Bowling Green is uniquely located in the right spot at the right time and it's a good time to be here," said Perkins.

      Because of the new street construction and new business development, even the traffic count has increased over the years in this area. Going from about 5,500 cars a day several years ago to about 8,800 cars earlier this year and the mayor hopes that that increase will equate to more customers for the new businesses.Shaw says besides the restaurant and the Golden Corral they have in Hannibal the ownership group plans to open two more restaurants in Mount Pleasant Iowa and Macon Missouri.