Moving on to some Lehigh County developments, my colleague Patrick Lester informed me that a sign reading "Mixie's Yogurt Cafe coming soon" has been placed on the former The Finish Line Running Store at 10 S. Fourth St. in Emmaus.
According to borough zoning officer Jim Farnsworth, a permit was issued on April 11 to the business' owner Wiesia Piotrowski. I was unable to contact Piotrowski, but Farnsworth says he is still working on the space and expects it to open within the next couple of months.
Rich Matus of Lower Saucon Township is one of many retail watchers who has inquired about the status of the Spring Valley Inn at 1355 Station Ave. in Upper Saucon Township. Well, I have some good news.
The restaurant, closed since 2008, is expected to reopen in August or September as the Spring Valley Tavern.
Sewell, N.J., residents Kim McCartney and her husband, Frank, as well as another couple, Donna and Warren Walters of Hellertown, purchased the property in December. According to Kim McCartney, renovations began in January and the couples were originally aiming to open in July. Unforeseen issues, however, delayed that anticipated opening date.
"Since the building wasn't properly winterized and just sat for four years, we had to make a lot of mechanical repairs," McCartney says. "It also wasn't secured, so there was some vandalism that needed to be addressed."
A recent news release from the supermarket chain stated the 130-capacity full-service restaurant and bar will serve internationally inspired cuisine using fresh ingredients sold on-site in the store. Offerings will include everything from soups, sandwiches, pizzas and salads to ethnic cuisine and entrees such as farm-raised Atlantic salmon with sauteed spinach and Amore steak with Yukon potatoes.
Wine, cocktails and a wide variety of local, domestic and international craft beers will also be available. Expect more on this new dining destination when I get an exact opening date.
Retail Watch keeps track of new store, restaurant and bank development in the Lehigh Valley. Have a question about a retail construction project, a store opening or a chain you'd like to see come to the area? Call features reporter Ryan Kneller at 610-820-6597 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Retail Watch appears every Sunday.