Isaac’s opens first restaurant in Lebanon County  

The newly opened Isaac’s Craft Kitchen & Brewery in North Cornwall Township is marking the occasion Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting. 

At 119 Springwood Lane in North Cornwall Commons, the restaurant is Isaac’s first in Lebanon County. 

The Camp Hill-based company also has seven eateries in Lancaster County, three in York County, two in Cumberland County and one in Berks County. 

North Cornwall Commons is mixed-use, livable community featuring 160 townhomes, 220 apartments, a 90-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, restaurants and more. A second eatery there is Mick’s All American Pub. 

At the intersection of Rocherty and Cornwall roads, the development is across from the Lebanon Valley Exposition Center & Fairgrounds. 

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer. 

Shake Shack is coming to central Pennsylvania

Shake Shack is set to be built this year at The Crossings at Conestoga Creek. PHOTO/PROVIDED

Fast-food chain Shake Shack will open its first store in central Pennsylvania late this year.

The announcement was made in a release by High Real Estate Group LLC, the developer of The Crossings at Conestoga Creek, a $120 million mixed-use development in Manheim Township, Lancaster County, where Shake Shack will be located.

The Crossings features 90,000 square feet of retail (Main Street component); 258 upscale apartments; and a Residence Inn by Marriott.

Other tenants include Wegmans, Reel Cinemas, Miller’s Ale House, MassageLuXe Spas, Starbucks, Andonia’s Chophouse and Pure Barre.

The Lancaster Shake Shack, at 1100 Christopher Place, Building G, will feature an indoor dining room, approximately 700 square feet of outside space and a drive-thru window.

As of the fourth quarter of 2021, Shake Shack had 369 stores in 15 countries, according to a report posted on the company’s website.

Pizzeria Luca, a casual, pizza-focused extension of Luca, a popular restaurant on West James Street in Lancaster, also will open at The Crossings late in 2022, occupying a 3,500-square-foot space.

Restaurateurs Taylor and Leeann Mason said in the release that Pizzeria Luca “celebrates all things pizza – the culture, the fun, and the deliciousness you have to come to expect from us.”

Powell Arms, senior vice president – retail division for High Real Estate Group, added: “We’re thrilled to have these new tenants joining The Crossings at Conestoga Creek. Each retailer fills one of the key features of the shopping, dining, fitness and personal service experiences of The Crossings. These restaurants will offer high quality food and beverage experiences, making them a perfect fit with our vision.”

New Freedom mixed-use property to include microbrewery 

Burkentine Builder’s new mixed-use property in New Freedom is planed to be completed later this summer. PHOTO/PROVIDED

A mixed-use property planned to be finished this summer will include a new microbrewery upon completion. 

Hanover-based Burkentine Builders raised the final beam on a new residential and commercial rental space in New Freedom on Monday. 

Vortex Brewing Company, a microbrewery tap room and kitchen is set to be the cornerstone commercial tenant of the new space. 

The new mixed-use property, located at 1 E. Franklin Street, will include 10,000 square feet of commercial/retail space for lease, along with 20 residential loft apartments and a rooftop terrace. 

The property is near Burkentine’s Franklin Square community of 134 townhomes and apartments and is expected to be completed later this year. 

“This vision blends the best of neighborhood and downtown living.  For those who have families and pets and cherish their own outdoor space, our Franklin Square townhome and garden-style apartment community offers a neighborhood feel,” said Bryan Burkentine, vice president of construction and asset management.  And for those who prefer to be in the action, this new mixed-used property gives them the opportunity to live above restaurants, entertainment, and retail. “ 

Duck Donuts opens second location in Puerto Rico 

Duck Donuts opened its second Puerto Rican location in Plaza Escorial, Carolina on April 22. PHOTO/PROVIDED

Duck Donuts opened its second Puerto Rico franchise location last week in Carolina, Puerto Rico. 

The Mechanicsburg-based donut chain has grown quickly after it began franchising in 2013 and has since expanded to over 110 locations. 

The Puerto Rican franchise marks the third international location for the company, joining franchises in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Bayamón, Puerto Rico. 

Both Puerto Rico locations are owned by Jorge Ramos, Juan Carlos Piñero, and Delmarie Ayala. The Bayamón location opened in 2020.  

“We are happy to open our second location in Plaza Escorial, Carolina, and continue with our growth plan of Duck Donuts brand in Puerto Rico,” said Ayala. “When we opened our first store in Plaza Rio Hondo, Bayamón, we had major setbacks due to COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. As we prepared to open our second store, we faced other COVID-19 related challenges such as labor shortage, construction materials and equipment price increases, amongst others. But our team continued to persevere, and we are thrilled to finally announce the opening of Plaza Escorial shop.” 

The new Carolina store covers 1,800 square feet and features Duck Donuts’ beach theme prevalent across its US stores. 

Duck Donuts plans to open 300 franchises by 2025.  

Last year the company announced franchise agreements with companies in Egypt and Canda. Those partners plan to open a Duck Donuts location in Burlington, Canada this summer and two in Egypt this August. 

The Original Hot Dog Factory now in Harrisburg

The Original Hot Dog Factory has opened its first location in central Pennsylvania.

At 317 Market St. in Harrisburg, the restaurant is owned by Hoson Green and Latoya Williams.

Based in Smyrna, Georgia, the Original Hot Dog Factory features a menu with specialty hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, french fries, onion rings, milkshakes and related foods and beverages.

An example is the Boston Dog: a steamed, beef frankfurter topped with baked beans, bacon bits and chopped onions.

“At the Original Hot Dog Factory, we offer a wide variety of mouthwatering hot dogs that will make you ask for more,” Dennis McKinley, founder and owner of the company, said in a release. “We are looking forward to sharing this deliciousness all over the country.”

The restaurant franchise, which debuted in 2010, currently has 24 eateries, most in the South, with locations underway in Miami; Cleveland; Augusta and Athens, Georgia; Pittsburgh; Dallas; Detroit; and Phoenix.

Dunkin’ opens new “next generation” restaurant in Mechanicsburg 

Dunkin’, formerly Dunkin’ Donuts, has opened a new, “next generation” restaurant at 1423 S. Market St., Mechanicsburg. 

The 2,000-square-foot eatery employs 20 and features a modern look with “a fresh, friendly, vibrant and engaging environment,” a release noted. 

That includes a warm interior color palette; atmospheric lighting; a convenient, contactless drive-thru; a front-facing bakery case; complimentary Wi-Fi; and an innovative tap system for cold beverages, such Nitro-Infused Cold Brew, a next-gen exclusive. 

Dunkin’s next-gen restaurants are also designed to meet DD Green Achievement specifications and feature LED lighting, high-efficiency mechanical equipment, low-flow faucets and more. On average, DD Green Achievement eateries are 33% more energy efficient compared with conventional Dunkin’ restaurants, the release said. 

The South Market Street location is one of 10 Dunkin’ franchises in Pennsylvania owned and operated by BJ Patel. 

Part of the Inspire Brands family of restaurants, Dunkin’ has more than 12,600 eateries in 40 countries worldwide. 

Senate bill looks to make cocktails-to-go permanent

A bill introduced in the state Senate last week would permanently allow the sale of cocktails-to-go in Pennsylvania after they were temporarily allowed for sale during the pandemic. 

Senators Daniel Laughlin, R-Erie and John Yudichak, I-Carbon and Luzerne, introduced Senate Bill 1138 last Friday, which would allow taverns, bars and licensed restaurants to permanently sell cocktails-to-go. 

The bill was written by Tom Tyler, president of the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association (PLBTA) and could provide a needed boost in revenue for Pennsylvania businesses, according to the PLBTA. 

Gov. Tom Wolf signed a temporary cocktails-to-go bill into law in May 2020 in the midst of the COVID-19 shutdown. The bill allowed businesses with valid R licenses from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to sell cocktails-to-go if they lost at least 25% of their revenue because of the pandemic. 

Under the law, bars and restaurants could sell mixed drinks to-go in a sealed container no greater than 64 fluid ounces, including alcohol and mixers in a single transaction. Businesses lost the authority to sell to-go cocktails when Wolf’s pandemic disaster emergency declaration ended last June. 

While cocktails-to-go served as a lifeline during the COVID-19 emergency declaration, it also provided a way for family-owned establishments to expand their product offerings and increase customer convenience,” the PLBTA wrote in a statement on Monday. “Unfortunately, the end of the emergency declaration also meant the end to these products. This was a loss to both our industry and our patrons.” 

SB 1138 would help restaurants and bars maintain cash flow and expand their offerings, Laughlin and Yudichak wrote in a memo to Senate members in January.  

The memo goes on to say that 33 states adopted alcohol-to-go programs in the early days of the pandemic. Fifteen of those states have extended approval of those programs and 16 have passed laws to make the programs permanent. 

New York Governor Kathy Hochul just called to make drinks-to-go permanent, and New Jersey passed legislation last year allowing local governments to authorize cocktails to go.,” the senators wrote in the memo. “We need to continue to support our businesses in Pennsylvania with this type of legislation. It will create revenue for businesses that continue to struggle and aid in their recovery.”