Photo/Illustration: Steve Thurston; Map: Subway.com
A Subway restaurant will fill a vacant space in the Arlington Forest Shopping Center at the intersection of Arlington Blvd and N. Park Drive. The space is under reconstruction in the former Little Quiapo Restaurant space, but a Subway regional office did not have an opening date.
The person at A.J. Dwoskin Real Estate who handles rentals for the property was not available today.
An Outback Steakhouse is an anchor restaurant of the commercial strip.
Updated June 15, 12:15p.m.: Dan Woodley with A.J. Dwoskin said the Subway is coming and will include Subway's morning "urban concept" that includes breakfast, outdoor seating and Seattle's Best coffee.
The inside of the space has been completely gutted he said with updated electrical and plumbing.
It brings to the site an option for breakfast that people in the Arlington Forest Community had tried to get years ago.
People tried to turn the former Mrs. MacGregor's Garden Shop on the north end of the center into a bagel, coffee and ice cream shop. At the time, the landlord said it just was not the right place for a restaurant, given the low ceilings and no view from Arlington Blvd.
Woodley said he constantly gets calls on the site, often from companies trying to hide their true identities:
- "Artist" = "Tattoo Parlor"
- "Jewelry Store" = "We Buy Gold"
- "Coffee Shop" = "All night hookah bar"
"There's nothing wrong with a vacant space" if the right tenant that fits the neighborhood cannot be found, Woodley said. "We don't need the money to take a substandard use." He said most retail can operate on about 80 percent capacity, so waiting on the small space is not a problem.
The Subway should open by October this year, he said.