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Cinco de Mayo; fiesta or disaster?

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From the Main Cup to City Hall, Main Street houses much of the heart of Middletown. The addition of Cinco de Mayo at Cross Stone Commons marks the continuation of changes coming to the valley.

From the Main Cup to City Hall, Main Street houses much of the heart of Middletown. The addition of Cinco de Mayo at Cross Stone Commons marks the continuation of changes coming to the valley.

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From the Main Cup to City Hall, Main Street houses much of the heart of Middletown. The addition of Cinco de Mayo at Cross Stone Commons marks the continuation of changes coming to the valley.

By Joe Montgomery, Round Table reporter

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New mexican restaurant Cinco De Mayo is moving into the Cross Stone Commons plaza, which includes Dunkin’ Donuts, in the near future. The largely anticipated opening of Cinco De Mayo may be held off even longer, even though a sign on the building says “opening soon.”

 

The Frederick News Post interviewed Victor White, chief operating officer of Hogan Construction, the project management and leasing firm for the project. “The [the strip with Dunkin], which is slightly less than 12,000 square feet, will also house Italian and Mexican restaurants and a nail salon. Those businesses will probably open in the summer,” said White.

 

With yet another restaurant heading into the Valley, Middletown citizens have more choices when they decide to eat out. However, with the number of restaurants in Middletown such as Dunkin’ increasing, the businesses that have been here for sometime such as Main Cup or Starbucks will be impacted.

 

Main Cup owner, Bob Brenegan said, “Initially, I believe I will have a drop in business, however at the end of the day all buisinesses tend to help each other.”

 

Starbucks employee Joey Weiland said, “Cross Stone Commons will affect other Middletown businesses by creating competition, which will in turn raise the quality of products in order to be competitive with one another.”

 

The time for another restaurant is now, during the school year, because many students living in the area could go to the plaza for an after school snack. Students who drive have an advantage, because they can go wherever, whenever they want. Students who live in Glenbrook have a greater advantage, because they are within walking distance of the plaza.

 

“I may walk to Cinco De Mayo after school,” said former James Gang employee Zach Clapper, “depending on how good the food turns out to be.”

 

Glenbrook resident Patrick Beckman said, “It makes it easier to eat out with new restaurants in the area because I wouldn’t drive all the way to Frederick for good food when the restaurant is near your house.”

 

Now that Middletown is open to adding new restaurants, it shows the community has so much room to grow. At this rate, we could be looking at a city in the next few years.

 

“I would add a Red Robin because their burgers are good,” said Beckman, “and I don’t think a restaurant like that in Middletown would get too crowded.”

 

Others believe we should remove our chain businesses, such as the ones we are currently building to promote local sales.

 

“I would remove Dominos because it overshadows local food businesses such as James Gang and Main Cup,” said Clapper.

 

Whether we like it or not, the Middletown community is growing, maybe even more rapidly than we think.

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