No one is really sure what’s happening at the corner of Howland and Courtland boulevards in Deltona, but there’s been some talk about a restaurant chain coming to town.
“We’d like to get a restaurant in,” said Ryan D’Agostino, an associate with Equity Investment Services in Orlando. “There’s a shortage of restaurants in the area,” and the noted, “We’re not able to disclose yet” of the chain possibly coming to town.
Mr. D’Agostino is a spokesman for MMM Investment Corp. of South Florida, the owner of the property. He said he and others recently attended the International Council of Shopping Centers to drum up business.
“There are those who are in the process of looking over that space,” he said. “We’ve talked to the city about the plans and building and all the approvals are done to take care of that site. We didn’t want to run around to national brands until we could say we’re 100 percent approved and ready to go.”
A meeting with the city’s Development Review Committee took place Sept. 6.
Ron Paradise, assistant director, said those there for the developer didn’t mention anything about a restaurant other than one of the existing tenants up-sizing. The Cocky Rooster Café, which is in the same shopping center and is in about a 1,000-square-foot facility.
“It’s quite popular,” he said. “I’ve heard nothing but good about it.”
And, then said, “We didn’t press them a lot for what was going in. Our purpose is technically orientated – traffic generation, parking and landscaping.”
Mr. Paradise said they came up with several ideas, including a 6,000-square-foot restaurant with drive through service and a retail space.
“They pretty much came in with the kitchen sink so to speak,” he said. “I don’t know what they want to do. It has yet to be determined. The ball is in their court.”
Mr. Paradise said the city is interested in seeing something happen there.
The owner is “just kind of out there” with possibilities, he said. “They want to do something with it. They’re trying to figure out what they want to do and how they’re going to get there.”