BERLIN — Arby’s is returning to Farmington Avenue and a remodeled building next week.
“We actually remodeled the entire building ... had landscaping redone and the outside of the building repainted, so it’s going to be an entirely new look,” said Tiffany Miron, a representative with Pandya Restaurant Group, the new franchisee.
There are five other Arby’s in the state, none operated by Pandya. Miron feels Connecticut is an underserved market for the chain. Berlin and the now remodeled building, at 1241 Farmington Ave., was home to Arby’s for many years until it closed around 2013.
“We didn’t really understand why it had closed…,” Miron said. “We love the hometown feel of it, we pride ourselves on not only being a brand, but a franchisee that prioritizes family.”
Pandya is currently hiring employees and plans to open between Dec. 12 and 15.
Juliet Benjamin, a technician with the town Building Department, said interior remodeling and sign permits have been approved and an electrical work permit is pending.
“They are in the process of sharpening up the place so they can re-open,” Benjamin said.
Economic Development Director Chris Edge said adding another restaurant to Farmington Avenue provides a more diverse selection and fills an empty storefront.
“I think it's great to have a building that's vacant be filled up again,” he said.