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HEIDELBERG, Germany — Casual diners looking for American food won’t find it anytime soon at Patrick Henry Village, where T.G.I. Friday’s once filled that dining niche.

“We’re on hold right now,” Col. Willie Gaddis, Heidelberg garrison commander, said Tuesday at the reopening of the renovated library across the street from the former restaurant.

“We’re all looking to bring casual dining back to Heidelberg.”

T.G.I. Friday’s — a large chain based in the U.S. that offered a wide-ranging menu of burgers, sandwiches, ribs and other choices — closed in January. Gaddis said it was the restaurant company that made the decision to close.

At that time, garrison officials said a new restaurant probably would open in March.

But issues with payments for local German workers who had staffed the restaurant and who are guaranteed wide employment protections, had delayed moving ahead with another restaurant, Gaddis said.

“You have to make sure the local national staff is properly taken care of,” he said. “Clearing the books — that’s what we’re doing.”

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