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New restaurant will replace Wayside Inn

January 05, 2000

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer




Wayside InnWILLIAMSPORT - The former Wayside Inn on Virginia Avenue near Williamsport has been sold to a Hagerstown real estate developer who plans to tear it down and build a new restaurant on the site, the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission said Tuesday.

The sale price was not disclosed.

Richard Cooper plans on opening Lighthouse 2000, a new restaurant and ice cream parlor, in June, said EDC Marketing Director Tom Riford.

The 75-seat nautical theme restaurant will have about 10 employees in a 3,500-square-foot building, according to Riford.

"This three-quarters of an acre property is very close to two interstate highways, but even more importantly it is very close to the new Massey Boulevard being connected to Route 11 (Virginia Avenue) from the Valley Mall. The buyer saw that the new road that Washington County is building makes this a prime business location," Sydney Machat of Long & Foster Real Estate said in a statement announcing the sale.

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According to the Washington County Engineering Department, the new road should be completed well before the restaurant's planned opening.

"This is a terrific example of improving infrastructure leading to economic development," Riford said.

Also in the statement announcing the sale, Cooper was quoted as saying, "We're very excited about this project, and we'll be looking for managers and other employees soon.

"We believe that the location of our new restaurant is terrific. There's good traffic on Route 11 now, but the proximity to the Valley Mall because of the new road makes this a gold-mine of a location. We saw the progress with Massey Boulevard, and we knew that we had to jump at this opportunity."

The 4,000-square-foot Wayside Inn at 17116 Virginia Ave., has been closed for a little more than one year, Riford said.

Demolition of the Wayside Inn is expected to begin next month, and construction is planned to begin soon after that, according to Riford.

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