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Former Marigold Indian Restaurant Could Be Replaced by Ramen, Comfort Food

  The restaurant at 5413 N. Clark St. was expected to be reborn in April as Market Taco.
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ANDERSONVILLE — A real estate broker fielding offers from restaurants looking to replace the former Marigold Indian Restaurant in Andersonville said the top two proposals on the table would bring either Ramen or American comfort food to Andersonville.

The broker, Andersonville's Tim Rasmussen, has his hands in many pots as a real estate adviser at Sperry Van Ness and co-owner of local restaurants Anteprima, Acre and Ombra.

He said this week there are "two offers that are out there that we're working on" and that a decision could come this summer.

"There's a ramen concept and then the other one is for American comfort food," said Rasmussen, whose firm is seeking someone to buy the two-story restaurant at 5413 N. Clark St. from owners Jim Dragatsis and Sandeep Malhorta.

He said of the two potential restaurants, "one is well known," but declined to say which one.

Dragatsis acknowledged Tuesday he's been working with Rasmussen and had perused numerous concepts, including the ones he mentioned.

But he stressed that nothing is set in stone, "so nothing will happen until August" at the earliest.

Marigold Indian Restaurant closed in 2013 and was replaced by Bull Horns Taco Bar. When that closed shortly after opening, the owners said they would open a taco restaurant named Market Taco there in the spring. But the building sits vacant now, on the market for $139,000.

Rasmussen compared the building to the current location of the Brixton, which had been a revolving door of businesses at 5420 N. Clark St. before it opened there last year.

He noted that "the Brixton got the traction, finally" after three restaurants had closed there between 2012 and 2013.

"I'm not a believer in cursed locations," Rasmussen said.

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