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Red Robin plans to open restaurant at Valley Mall in Halfway

June 12, 2013|By KAREN MAWDSLEY | kmawdsley@schurz.com

The casual dining chain Red Robin plans to open a restaurant at Valley Mall in Halfway this fall that will bring its signature hamburgers and 60 new jobs, according to company and mall officials.

The restaurant — winner of the Zagat No. 1 Best Burger for the past four years in the full-service fast food category — offers standard, moderately priced American fare.

It will debut its corporate-owned Hagerstown location at Valley Mall, located near the interchange of Interstate-81 and Interstate-70.

Red Robin will take the 4,758-square-foot space formerly occupied by Garfield's Restaurant and Pub, situated at the front of the mall next to the center entrance and across from Men’s Warehouse, mall Marketing Director Michele Wills said Tuesday.

“We feel that the Hagerstown-area is a good fit for our concept. Who doesn’t love burgers?” Jamie Winter, communications manager at Red Robin International Inc., wrote in an email.

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The restaurant’s future site will undergo construction before the restaurant can open.

“A lot of (the timeline) depends on the progress of the construction," Wills said.

Red Robin will be the third restaurant to open at Valley Mall this year, Wills said. Cafe Rio Mexican Grill opened in April followed by the Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery in May. Both also are on the front side of the mall, facing Halfway Boulevard.

They are all part of the mall’s enhancement project launched in 2012 to modernize the mall’s exterior, Wills said.

Red Robin is expected to bring about 60 new jobs, Wills said the company has said.

The menu will include more than two dozen burger varieties, Winter said Wednesday. It also will offer entrees, a kid’s menu, sandwiches and wraps, salads, milkshakes and bottomless steak fries.

Red Robin officials appeared Wednesday before the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County to apply for a liquor license.

The Class P license would allow the restaurant to serve beer, wine and liquor.

Doug Christman, deputy general counsel for Red Robin International Inc., said the chain has 135 franchise restaurants and 360 corporate-owned restaurants in 42 states, with the closest to Washington County in Frederick, Md. There is also a Red Robin restaurant in Chambersburg, Pa.

If everything goes well, the location at Valley Mall would open in October, said Leanne Schrecengost, an attorney who appeared at the hearing on behalf of Red Robin.

Staff Writer Dan Dearth contributed to this story.

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