Storrs Center Dining Options Expanded with Latest Leases

Husky Pizza, Kebob Express, and Subway Join Growing List of Storrs Center Businesses

March 20, 2012 – Visitors and residents of Storrs Center will soon have a variety of restaurant options to frequent for breakfast, lunch, and dinner or to satisfy that urge for a late night snack.  Three additional food service providers have signed leases to open restaurants inStorrsCenter, including Husky Pizza, Kebob Express, and Subway.  These latest businesses will join Dog Lane Café, Froyoworld, Insomnia Cookies, and Moe’s Southwest Grill when Storrs Center opens later this summer.

StorrsCenteris a new mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented downtown under construction inMansfield,Connecticut.  The downtown will have shops, restaurants, services, and apartment homes that are interspersed with a town square and public areas in a new neighborhood located at the intersection ofStorrs Roadand the University of Connecticut.

Husky Pizza is already aStorrsstaple and fan favorite, having served the Mansfield/Storrs area for years.  Husky Pizza is well known for its authentic Italian pizza and has earned a reputation over the years for making some of the best pizza in the area.  Owner Ahmet Akkus is passionate about cooking and gets immense satisfaction when he sees the smiles on his customers’ faces after enjoying a hot slice of stone-cooked pizza.  “We’ve worked hard to earn the business of our customers and every day we get more,” says Mr. Akkus.  He is expanding his seating to accommodate over 50 people in his new restaurant and adding to his menu.  Husky Pizza will add breakfast fare to its already robust lunch and dinner service. “I’m 100% sure that our business will do even better in our new location. We are excited to be in Storrs Center!”

Subway is nationally known for its healthy and tasty sandwiches, salads, and soups.  Bread is baked throughout the day and sandwiches are made fresh just the way customers want while they wait.  Subway recently began offering breakfast choices on its menu.  While Subway has been located in Storrs for some time, regional Subway developerSteve Rogersis thrilled to be a part of Storrs Center.  Mr. Rogers has owned and operated the Subway shop on the north side of the University of Connecticut campus for the past 36 years.  His daughter, Clare Rogers, is the franchise owner for the Storrs Center Subway.  “Storrs Center is changing the face of our community,” said Mr. Rogers.  “Beautiful buildings, a town square where people can gather, a wide selection of food choices, services, and shopping, and residential apartment homes combine in Storrs Center to provide us with a real college “Main Street.”  We wanted our Subway to be a part of the excitement and support our new downtown!”

New to Storrs Center is Kebob Express, a Turkish restaurant that features delicious entrees made with fresh vegetables, meats, and exotic spices and served in a fun, exotic atmosphere.  Vegetarian and gluten-free selections are available to satisfy a wide variety of preferences and discerning palettes.  The owners of Kebob Express will be bringing vast experience to their restaurant inStorrs– their DD’s Gyros and Subs restaurant located inTemple StreetinHartfordhas earned stellar reviews for its selection of gyros, roasted eggplant, tabouli and stuffed vine leaves.  They also have a great selection of potatoes with toppings and creative salads.  AtStorrsCenter, owner Hakan Yalim states, “A university community such asStorrsis interesting to us as restaurateurs, especially with its mix of people and backgrounds from across the globe. StorrsCenterseems the perfect place to open Kebob Express.  We’re excited to be opening our new restaurant here and look forward to being a part of the community.”

Howard Kaufman, Managing Member ofLeylandAllianceLLC, the parent company of developer Storrs Center Alliance, could not be more pleased with the response to Storrs Center by its new tenants.  “Almost all the spaces in the first phase ofStorrsCenterhave been spoken for and space is filling quickly for the second phase which is expected to open in mid-2013.  In this economy, this kind of leasing response is a true testament that Storrs Center will fulfill a real need for a main street neighborhood in Mansfield.  The opening ofStorrsCentercan’t come soon enough!”

In addition to the new restaurants to open inStorrsCenter, a variety of services and shops will open.   Among the first will be Select Physical Therapy and Storrs Automotive, which are scheduled to open in late April.

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