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  • Milford Arena’s plans to open this weekend

  • Despite hoping to be open earlier this summer, the new Arena’s restaurant in Milford is expected to officially open its doors by the end of August, with an opening date set for this Sunday.
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      ADDRESS: 200 Northeast Front St., Milford

      HOURS OF OPERATION: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m....
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      ADDRESS: 200 Northeast Front St., Milford
      HOURS OF OPERATION: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday
      CONTACT Call 422-3354 or visit www.arenasdeliandbar.com or www.facebook.com/ArenasMilford.
  • Despite hoping to be open earlier this summer, the new Arena’s restaurant in Milford is expected to officially open its doors by the end of August, with an opening date set for this Sunday.
    Co-owner Matt Evans said the restaurant opening has been delayed an extra week from the previous tentative opening of Aug. 15 because of permit processing issues.
    With all of the major construction completed, including flooring renovations, walls, electrical, kitchen equipment and painting, contractors are now working on finishing touches, like cabinetry, trim work, installing the bar top, decorations and multiple flat-screen televisions, Evans said.
    “It’s going to be worth the wait and we appreciate people’s patience,” Evans said. “We’ve spent a lot of money, done a lot of improvements, and it’s just going to be a really nice looking restaurant with a casual feel. People will realize the wait was worth it.”
    The new restaurant will also feature nearly 1,500 square feet of outside seating, with a deck and lounge area set along the Mispillion River. The lounge area will feature a fire pit and lounge chairs. The adjoining deck will include seating for about 90 people, said co-owner Ramsey Schrader.
    “We’re filling a niche and we’re bringing jobs,” Schrader said.
     The new restaurant has made about 40 hires, many of whom are from the Milford area, he said. Arena’s owners have also worked with local contractors, interior designers and products from Sussex County, including Lakeshore Construction, Brendon T. Warfel Construction and Beyond Design.
    While this Arena’s will offer the same menu items as its five other locations in Delaware, the Milford location will also feature 12 draft beers and hopes to focus on bringing in a variety of craft beers to be featured on the menu with taste descriptions and alcohol by volume percentages.
    “There’s a lot of beer-oriented people in Milford that love the craft brews,” said General Manager Nicole Horner, of Milford.
    Ramsey said he expects Arena’s to become a go-to spot for locals to meet up with friends or to kick back and relax.
    “There’s a need for other types of restaurants here,” said Ramsey, who lives in Milford. “This will definitely be the place in Milford where the locals hang.”
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