It’s official, Arena’s Deli and Bar will be moving to downtown Milford in late Spring, taking advantage of the beautiful view of the Mispillion River. On Monday, March 4, partners of Deli Days, LLC signed a lease to take over 200 NE Front Street, formerly occupied by The Pelican Bar in 2012. The company currently owns four popular Arena’s Deli and Bar locations in Sussex County including the original Arena’s Deli & Bar in downtown Rehoboth Beach, Arena’s Cafe on Route 1 in Rehoboth Beach, Arena’s Cafe Lewes in The Village of Five Points and Arena’s Long Neck in Millsboro.
Milford resident and partner of Deli Days, LLC, Ramsey Schrader admits that he has had his eye on a Milford location for years. It was evident to him that the Milford area was an untapped resource where its people had a desire for something different. Approached by several individuals from the City of Milford’s Economic Development Office, Ramsey felt that it was time to bring the excitement of the Arena’s restaurants to Milford.
“It seemed that the stars had just aligned and everybody was on board from the beginning,” commented Schrader. “We are excited to get started, this place is going to look completely different in the next few months as we prepare to open.” Partners of Deli Days, LLC include Paul Kuhns, Matt Evans, Ramsey Schrader, Andrew Schrader and Vitaliy Deyak.
According to Ramsey, the new Milford Arena’s will largely be focused on dining and food, with a broad menu that is available at the other locations throughout Sussex County. In addition to giving the inside of the building a new look, Arena’s will also be constructing a 1,000 square foot deck overlooking the Mispillion River. Extending the outside dining 500 more feet with concrete pavers, the owners look to create an outdoor experience on the town’s main river where residents can eat and relax.
“The deck area is going to be a big deal for us,” stated Schrader. “All of our locations have always been a ‘locals’ place where they can gather and hang out.”
What started out as a mom and pop operation in 2005, Deli Days, LLC has now grown into a small corporation employing close to 100 employees across four locations. The company will be looking to hire locals to help staff the location in downtown Milford as they prepare to open the doors in late Spring of 2013. The front bar and dining area will open first, making way for the deck on the Mispillion River to open up closer to summer. As with their other locations, the Milford Arena’s will have a broad menu including sandwiches, salads and seafood and a large selection of bottled and draft beers.
“Ultimately we would like to get banquet services and expand into the additional space of this building. We will make what’s here work for us and go with it,” stated Ramsey “We are just excited to be here and we are looking forward to opening.”