Middletown residents should have a few new dining options by the end of the summer, with several restaurants included in a project along Middletown Parkway.
A Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin Robbins store will be the first of the four tenants in the Cross Stone Commons project’s first building to open, probably next weekend, said Victor White, chief operating officer of the Hogan Cos., the project management and leasing firm for the project.
The building, which is slightly less than 12,000 square feet, will also house Italian and Mexican restaurants and a nail salon. Those businesses will probably open in the summer, White said.
With the first building nearing completion, White said they’ve gotten enough interest from potential tenants to begin designing the second of three lots on the site with a 7,000-square-foot building that will house three or four businesses.
The Cinco de Mayo restaurant is expected to have a section for outdoor patio seating, he said.
Cinco de Mayo has received a conditional approval for a liquor license, said Kathy Vahle, administrator for the Frederick County liquor board.
She said she hadn’t received an application for Fratelli’s Italian Restaurant.
Both restaurants will probably have more evening hours than lunch hours, White said.
Middletown has traditionally had trouble getting national chain restaurants to locate in the town because of its role as a bedroom community of commuters has left fewer lunch customers than restaurants traditionally like to see in potential sites.
White said that although the demographics of the Middletown area are good, that shortage of daytime customers has always been a challenge in drawing tenants to the project.
“Population has always been one of the negative factors” when trying to attract restaurants, he said.
But the commuters that make Middletown a challenge for some restaurants helped attract Brent Fauntleroy, the owner of the company that owns the Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin Robbins location.
His store will open at 5 a.m., and he’s hoping some of those people leaving Middletown in the morning will stop for coffee or to pick up doughnuts for the office before heading to work.
Fauntleroy said his company has been trying to get into the Middletown site for three years.
He thinks the market is right for a place where people can get breakfast on their way to work.
“Middletown needed [something],” he said.