After Demolition, Downtown Eatery On Tap

South Mason Owner Looks For Stability

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Posted: August 2, 2014

Bonnie Ayers of Harrisonburg and her 4-year-old yellow Lab Gemma watch demolition at Mason and East Market streets on Friday. Plans for renovations at the location fell through, so the building is being torn down to make way for a three-story structure. (Photos by Jason Lenhart)
Demolition crews work at Mason and East Market streets in Harrisonburg on Friday. Kelley Hijjeh plans to open Lafah Café in the new three-story building slated to go up on the corner. The restaurant will occupy the first two floors and three apartments will fill the top level.

HARRISONBURG — What couldn’t go up had to come down this week at the corner of East Market and South Mason streets.

But downtown should be better off for it, officials say.

Ken Bell, who owned…



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