By Jann Wiswall
Ellicottville’s first 24-hour eatery is under construction at the intersection of Routes 219 and 242, and with a little luck, it will be fully
staffed and open in early October, said Ray Miranda, owner of Miranda Holdings and seven other Tim Horton’s franchises in western New York.
“Barring unforeseen construction delays, we’re cautiously optimistic that we’ll be open for our test-run in time for Fall Fest — one of the busiest weekends of the entire year,” said Miranda.
The new Tim Hortons will feature the chain’s new café and bakeshop look and feel that the company has introduced around the country to great appeal.
“The new style features a contemporary décor with overstuffed chairs, a fireplace, a television and free Wi-Fi and a patio with fire pit outdoors,” he said.
It also features an exhibition-style bakery at the front of the house that allows guests to watch and smell the freshly baked goodies as they’re being prepared.
The restaurant has been in the planning stages for a couple of years, but construction of the building, which also will house four, two-bedroom furnished apartments on the second floor and an additional 1,200 square feet of retail space on the first floor, is now well underway.
The focus is to get the restaurant and drive-through open by fall. The apartments should be completed in time for seasonal or long-term rental in December and the retail space will be built out once tenant(s) have signed leases.
Miranda also reports that Five Star Bank will be installing a drive-through ATM on the north side of the building.
“This project has been a long time coming, so we’re excited that it’s nearing completion,” said Miranda. “We think it will be a great addition to Ellicottville, providing more variety and options throughout the day and night, especially for travelers and our very loyal coffee lovers.”
It also will be a boon for full-time and part-time employment in the area.
Miranda expects to hire 35–40 people to staff the restaurant, and the company already is actively interviewing for supervisory and staff positions.
“We’ll train people at our Salamanca, Springville, Arcade and Gowanda locations to prepare for opening,” he said.
Interested job seekers are encouraged to apply online at www.timhortons.com.