Isaac's among future tenants in downtown York
Isaac's Famous Grilled Sandwiches will be moving in to downtown York City at the corner of West Market and South Beaver streets, according to Royal Square Development, which is leasing the space to the restaurant.
Dylan Bauer, Royal Square's vice president of development, presented the plan to bring the sandwich chain and four boutique stores to the first block of South Beaver Street during the York County Economic Alliance's monthly breakfast Wednesday morning.
Bauer, who also is on the board of Downtown Inc, a quasi-governmental agency that oversees the city's core district, said Royal Square spent time thinking about what's missing from the downtown area.
"There is the need for something that opens up earlier and stays open late," he said. "It’s the perfect hybrid between your chain and your mom-and-pop shop."
Isaac's has the structure, means and consistency of a chain, Bauer said, but he was able to send the company an email and easily get in touch with the chairman and CEO.
When the new location opens in the spring in the former Weinbrom Jewelers building, it will mark the fourth York County location for Isaac's, which features grilled sandwiches named after birds, including the Finch, Rainbow Parrot and Phoenix. The restaurant, which will occupy approximately 2,500 square feet of the building at 54-56 W. Market St., is one of five new tenants announced for the REVI Flats redevelopment project. The project also includes eight high-end apartments.
Bauer said the apartments will come online near the start of 2017, and three of them are already informally "spoken for," he said.
The other four businesses are Memory Lane Sweet, a vintage-style candy shop; Lele B's Boutique, a women's fashion shop; Make Me Over Beauty Supply, a beauty supply store; and a still-to-be-named hair salon, Bauer said.
The $14.2 million project still has three commercial spaces available for lease in the old Woolworth building at 44 W. Market St. Between that building and Weinbrom sits Timeline Arcade, which is in a building also owned by Royal Square.
Across the street at 25 E. Market St., construction is underway at the old Zakie's nightclub, which will become a restaurant called the Charred Barrel. Not much information is available about that restaurant yet, Bauer said, but it will have a liquor license.
Bauer noted how far the first block of West Market has come in the past couple of years. A few years ago, much of the block remained vacant.
"And now look at it," he said. "It’s crazy."
In addition to the Royal Square projects, boutique restaurants such as Baron von Schwein, a barbecue restaurant, and York City Pretzel Co. and stores such as My Girlfriend's Wardrobe have popped up in the area.
In Bauer's presentation at the YCEA event, he stressed the need for people who want downtown to succeed to put their money where their mouths are and come downtown.
"Let’s all invite one person this Friday for First Friday," he said. "Come down and see for yourself."