Tallmadge -- Attention breakfast aficionados: Restaurant Wally Waffle plans to relocate near Tallmadge Circle after 15 years in Akron's Eastwood Square Shopping Center. Wally Waffle owner Justin Miletti has leased space in the southwest corner of the four-story building recently constructed as phase one of the Village at Town Center development, next door to City Hall. Miletti says he anticipates opening the restaurant at 100 North Ave., Suite 101, during the first week of July.
While he had been considering relocating the eatery to Kent, Miletti says both timing and tradition played a role in his decision to move the establishment to Tallmadge. According to Miletti, his grandfather owned the Wally Waffle restaurant which used to be located on Tallmadge Circle 15 years ago; the restaurant moved from the Circle to 750 South Ave. in Akron when it lost its lease on the Tallmadge building, he says. "We're very excited to come back into Tallmadge near the Circle and to invest in Tallmadge," Miletti says, adding, "We've been around since 1975 -- I'm third generation. This means a lot to us."
Miletti says he was considering moving Wally Waffle to Kent when he learned The Village at Town Center could deliver space in Tallmadge when the restaurant's lease for the Akron site was up. "We scratched the Kent project and decided to go full force in Tallmadge, making Wally Waffle bigger and better," Miletti reports. While the Akron location features about 1,800 square feet of space, Miletti reports the new one will boast 3,000 square feet, plus a patio. Milleti is bringing all his present employees with him and adding several more for a total of 30 full- and part-time workers.
JIMMY JOHN'S ON DECK
As part of phase two of the Village at Town Center, a 4,000-square-foot commercial and retail building will be constructed. That building will be divided in two for separate tenants; sandwich chain Jimmy John's will set up shop in slightly more than 2,000 square feet, Mayor David Kline reports; the other half of the building had not been leased at press time June 8.
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