After months of debate and discussion, a new restaurant is now coming to AVONDALE ... Work is now underway to build a new Mellow Mushroom in the heart of the historic neighborhood. This morning, crews demolished the former Shell gas station at St. Johns and Ingleside Avenues - to clear space for the restaurant. It took about 10 months for the restaurant owner and Avondale neighbors to come to an agreement about the restaurant ... because of concerns about noise and parking. Channel 4's Ashley Mitchem spoke to the restaurant's owner about the long battle... and neighbors about the new addition. 3 3 3 0009-1516-2055-581:10- 1:161:19INTRO: 32:41 All that's left is rubble from what used to be a gas station off St. Johns Avenue in Avondale- the plan is to build a Mellow Mushroom.John Valentino, Mellow Mushroom Owner 34:50 it's bittersweet- it all started out with we're going to open a Mellow Mushroom in Avondale and some of the residents were upsetIt's been a long year and a half for restaurant owner John Valentino.The new Avondale store will be his 4th Mellow Mushroom and has been his biggest challenge. Long-time residents argued about parking needs, noise and late-night crowds.Valentino says it won't be an issue. 35:45 We are a family friendly restaurant even though some tried to portray us as not being- I've always contended we always have more high chairs than any other restaurant in this neighborhood.The pizza place will have 204 seats with 26 new parking spots total.We spoke to long-time residents about their feelings about the upcoming pizza place.Maureen Ely, Avondale Resident 39:13 More traffic issues is the problem-)and since I walk Percy all the time- I see them they come around and they zoom down this street) which is Pine St trying to find a parking placeOthers say parking problems come with the territory.Bonnie Brady, Avondale Resident for 17 Years 43:03 I think that is you live in a neighborhood like this you expect to have people parking in front of your house it's what happens when you move into a neighborhood like thisCLOSE: 32:59 The owner hopes to have the restaurant up and running by December. From Avondale Ashley Mitchem Channel 4 THE Local Station.