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Fill The Spot: 43 Bank Street

Former site of HispanAmerican Services is up for rent in a prime area of downtown New London

Two side-by-side family businesses at 43 Bank Street have departed from downtown New London, and the space for one of them is still waiting to be filled.

The Passion House Coffee House closed at the end of 2010 after about a year and a half of operation. Featuring imported coffee from Colombia, the shop was located next door to HispanAmerican Services, which offered translation and financial services for Spanish-speaking residents. Jairo Agudelo, who opened the business with his sister, said at the time of the closing that he was interested in joining the public relations field and moving to Washington, D.C. The coffeehouse briefly reopened but soon closed again; the space is now occupied by a breakfast and lunch restaurant, Kelly's On Bank.

Agudelo said the family planned to continue running HispanAmerican Services after the Passion House Coffee House closed. The business has since departed that storefront, however. A sign in the window invites people to inquire about renting the space.

The space is on the ground floor of a mixed-use building. It is in an area populated by several restaurants but also a number of vacant buildings, including the Capitol Theater. What do you think should go in this storefront? Let us know in the comments.

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