Isaac's opening restaurant in downtown York
The Ruffed Grouse and the Shrike are about to fly into downtown York, and the Hummingbird and the Finch will be joining them.
Isaac’s Famous Grilled Sandwiches plans to open its first new restaurant in York in 17 years next March, at the busy corner of West Market and South Beaver streets, York business leaders said today.
Isaac’s will be one of the tenants of the new REVI Flats redevelopment project, officials with ROCK Commercial Real Estate and RSDC developers, formerly Royal Square Development, announced at a business breakfast at the Yorktowne Hotel.
Isaac’s will occupy a 2,500-square-foot corner space at the intersection - formerly Wienbrom Jewelers - just south of York's Central Market and in the middle of a rapidly redeveloping area of downtown York.
“Our first store was in downtown Lancaster, so our roots are really in the downtown environment,” Mike Weaver, president and CEO of Isaac’s, said Wednesday.
“We are very excited about it. We like and value the York community,” Weaver said, adding that he expects the restaurant to do well. “It’s not the paradigm of the past, it’s the reality of the future, that young people like the downtown experience.”
Weaver said he expects the new restaurant to create 30 full- and part-time jobs.
Developer Dylan Bauer of RSDC predicted the Isaac’s will be “the catalyst for all of the other new development in York."
REVI Flats is a $14.2 million redevelopment project that includes new first-floor storefronts and restaurant space, plus eight apartments, a mix of lofts and single-level units, on the upper floors. Rent for the apartments is expected to be between $800 and $1,000 per month, officials said.
RSDC had held a groundbreaking ceremony for the project in May, and ROCK has been working on behalf of RSDC to market the project and secure new tenants.
Weaver said officials from Isaac's “think this is going to be a great store and a great location for us. York has a lot of committed business owners. I really see the tide changing for downtown (York), and we’re just humbled to be a part of it."
Lancaster-based Isaac’s has been in business since 1983, and has 18 locations in six counties ‑ Cumberland, York, Dauphin, Lancaster, Berks and Chester. It has three existing restaurants in York County, according to its webpage.
At the REVI Flats site, other tenants will be Memory Lane Sweets, Lele B’s Boutique, Make Me Over Beauty Supply and a hair salon, ROCK officials said.
With these latest additions, only three of the commercial spaces remain available for lease in the project.
Here are details on the other new businesses:
• Lele B’s Boutique, which will occupy a retail store that fronts on South Beaver Street, is a women’s fashion shop that offers “unique and stylish, easy-to-wear, versatile apparel not typically found in off-the-rack stores,” a ROCK news release said.
• Memory Lane Sweets, a vintage-style candy shop, will occupy a storefront on South Beaver Street.
• Make Me Over Beauty Supply is a beauty supply store that will occupy one of the retail stores along South Beaver Street.