New Restaurant Looks to Capitalize on Mispillion Riverfront

Site where the new Hurricanes Bar and Grille will be developed on the Mispillion River.

Downtown Milford will be seeing a new restaurant at the end of this year on N.E Front Street. Located next to Bicentennial Park, the building adjacent to the Milford Senior Centre will be occupied by a new business for the first time in years. Hurricanes Bar and Grille will be looking to open its doors in late November as the three co-owners, Bryan Hahn, Paul Jedson and Jimmy Shelton look to create a unique waterfront dining experience.

Co-owner Bryan Hahn describes the new bar as a mix between “Seacrets and Margaritaville”; both of which can be best described as beach bars with an island theme. Mr. Hahn has major plans for the new restaurant which includes 3 phases of improvements to the 5,000 square foot building.

Mr. Hahn and his business partners chose the town of Milford because of the recent opportunities they have seen in this area. Born in Delaware and an employee at Dentsply Caulk, Bryan Hahn is very familiar with the town of Milford and its focus on economic development. “[Milford] is a growing town and we want to be part of it,” commented Mr. Hahn. “We will offer a beach atmosphere in Milford so you don’t have to spend your day in the car driving just to get to one.”

The owners of Hurricanes Bar and Grille hope to begin construction on the new building as soon as possible and open the doors to costumers by late November to early December. The most visible change to the current building will be the removal of the garage doors, located in the front of the building, which will be replaced with large bay windows. This area will be used for live entertainment, include a tiki bar and possibly an outside area filled with sand.

“It will have that ‘It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere feeling’,” describes Mr. Hahn. “Light reggae and beach music with good food during happy hour and heavy lunch throughout the day and night.” Hurricanes Bar and Grille looks to offer live entertainment Friday and Saturday nights. “We really want to offer Milford somewhere nice to go and relax,” stated Mr. Hahn.

Looking forward to expanding in the future, the owners of Hurricanes Bar and Grille plan to eventually use the River as part of their outdoor dining experience. With tables overlooking the Mispillion River, they look to have fun with the town’s oldest piece of heritage.

Hurricanes Bar and Grille has signed a 5-year lease with a 5 year extension on the building. “We plan on being here for a long time,” commented Mr. Hahn. With business plans developed and floor plans drawn, the owners now wait for the final thumbs up from the City of Milford and the owner of the property. Mr. Hahn plans to start work on the new business later this month.