Just in time for Christmas, the Marathon gas station reopened at the corner of Ryan and Howell.
An employee at the gas station told me the business reopened Sunday under new management. It had been closed since November; the employee said the owner had some sort of issue with the previous management, but now new management is in place and they plan to be open for the forseeable future.
I've been told the owner is Mohammad Nazer, and that he also owns or used to own the building across the street that was La Terraza (He also owns Smile's Liquor, 7872 S. Howell Ave.).
Nazer has not returned any of my calls, but I noted today that not only has the gas station reopened, but the "for sale" signs have been taken down at La Terraza.
La Terraza closed Sept. 1. As I reported at the time, the city clerk's office was informed the building was sold and La Terraza's owner, which leased space, was told to vacate by Sept. 1.
So whatever the case may be, it seems something is afoot at the intersection of Ryan and Howell. Stay tuned.