The re-construction of Katie Belle’s establishment, once a prime feature of Spanish Springs Town Square, is showing definite signs of progress, with large sheets of Georgia Pacific’s bright yellow DensGlass insulation lining where the outdoor balconies used to be located.
Cut-outs for windows have been made in the sheeting, and the inside walls for that section of the new restaurant have been framed into place.
The original New Orleans-style filigree designs and railings on the balconies have been left in place, leading some viewers on the nearby Dunkin’ Donuts outdoor patio to wonder how the façade is all going to shake out.
A few residents, savoring their iced coffee over near the old radio station — which is now part of the new World of Beer — discussed how the old open air feeling will be lost, with the walls and small windows being built, but they shrugged. “They call this progress,” one of the gents said, with a sad smile.
Inside, behind the tall wooden barricade, the familiar glass doors are still in place, but the original interior dance floor and bar area has been gutted. Heavy equipment is at work in that space, and a lot of stapling and hammering is going on.
“There are much quieter places to sit and have my coffee than this,” Chatham Villager Martine Ziegler said, noting the construction noise, “but we’ve been coming here for so long, we just didn’t change. I guess it’s a habit.”