The Moda nightclub, in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood, shut down nearly five years ago, after its owner pleaded guilty to money laundering charges. The former theater has remained vacant ever since.

On Tuesday, Mitchell’s Ice Cream agreed to buy the Moda building with the intention of renovating the space, and moving their production operations and corporate headquarters from Rocky River. A retail store would also be part of the new facility on West 25th Street near Bridge Avenue.

Peter Mitchell told NewsChannel5 he and his brother, Mike, have long been looking to establish a presence in the city of Cleveland. Mitchell’s currently has four year-round suburban retail stores and one summer-only location. Mitchell said two more suburban stores are slated to open next spring.

“We’re just thrilled to be setting down some roots in the city itself — on West 25th Street,” Mitchell said. “There’s so much excitement and energy there right now.”

Cleveland is helping with the move, offering low-interest loans to the company. According to the neighborhood development corporation, the city has tried for years to find a suitable buyer for the former theater space.

“Ohio City is known for it’s artesian businesses and Mitchell’s is a perfect addition,” said Ohio City Inc. Executive Director Eric Wobser. “We’re taking out a property that’s been a negative in the neighborhood and making it one of our biggest positives.”

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