I have valiantly fought the construction around J. Razzo’s restaurant [12501 N. Meridian St., Carmel] for six years. When I first came to the Meridian corridor, the area was alive and booming. Then Meridian closed for two years to make way for U.S. 31. The bridge on 126th Street was closed for another year. Then came all the closings for the roundabouts. The roads have been closed in all directions. Even now there is a roundabout being built.
What’s worse though is that there is no longer an exit ramp on 126th Street in either direction. Customers must exit either before or after 126th. I cannot tell you how many people get lost or frustrated trying to find J. Razzo’s.
I have fought the city of Carmel and the Indiana Department of Transportation for years and to no avail. My business is down 40 percent from the first two years. After six years of lower sales and permanently losing an exit from the highway, I will have to call it quits.
I’m saddened that my employees will lose their jobs; some have worked for me for over 20 years. I respect and love every one of them. My clientele who I have known for many years since my early days at Salvatore’s will be missed. Through the years we have become friends. I would like to thank them all. J. Razzo’s will miss you.
John T. Perazzo