Visitors to downtown Milford have even more to see and do this spring. According to Ann Barnette, executive director of the Milford Downtown Development Authority, Main Street is 100 percent leased at street level in the downtown area for the first time in more than two decades. Choices abound for shoppers, diners and residents alike.
The village welcomed several new businesses, including three new restaurants, a bakery and a small business co-op, that will all contribute to the wide variety of businesses downtown. From recreation sites to restaurants, clothing to specialty shops, the Village of Milford offers something for everyone right downtown.
Current owner of The Milford House, Perry Sinacola, plans to open Tequilarita’s, a Tequila bar featuring a Tex-Mex menu in mid-May. “It’s an exciting time in Milford,” Sinacola said. “It’s great to see the downtown area flourishing. We’re confident all of the new businesses will help bring traffic into the village and encourage guests to continue frequenting our downtown shops and restaurants.”
Tequilarita’s is among three new eateries ready to serve up meals in downtown Milford. The Blue Grill will take over the former Deli 7 space and offer a range of Mediterranean dishes, while The Palate, will fill the vacancy left by O’Callaghan’s Irish Pub.
Down the road in the space formerly occupied by The Sweet Life bakery and cafe, Donna Rizk and her staff of pastry chefs are creating gourmet goodies that are as beautiful as they are delicious at Le Rendez Vous. “I’ve lived in Milford two years and it’s a vibrant, growing community,” Rizk said. “I couldn’t think of a better place to open a business. People have been quite receptive to our offerings, and we’re confident they will continue to be into the future.”
Lisa Detkowski, owner of the Plum Door Tea Company, recently launched a small business co-op in Milford’s downtown area, called the South Town Market. From gourmet gift baskets and home furnishings to tea tastings and gardening classes, South Town Market gives smaller local businesses a space to share products with the community.
“The continued interest from new businesses in the Milford area demonstrates the high-level of confidence entrepreneurs have in our village,” said Barnette. “We’re pleased to welcome these new additions to downtown area and are thankful for their continued commitment to the success of not only downtown Milford, but of our region.”