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An Arby’s Unlike Anything You’ve Seen Before

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By Raj Prashad

After nearly two years of working with developers and township commissioners, Arby’s franchisee Dave Bhasin is on the verge of breaking ground on one of the most unique Arby’s in the company’s history. Helping to maintain a historic site in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Dave is transitioning a one-time farmhouse built in the 1850’s into a modern-day Arby’s.

Located in front of the Hamilton Crossings shopping center, the restaurant development project has been an ongoing collaboration between Dave, Arby’s, Red Architecture and the local township.

“Arby’s Development team is helping us bring a very difficult project to fruition. The Board of Commissioners is very pleased with what we’re going to be doing — it’s going to transform this section of the township.” Dave Bhasin, Arby’s Franchisee

The original stone walls, gable roof, windows and shutters of the farmhouse are expected to be preserved and will provide guests with a unique dining experience. Additionally, Dave and his team are adding wood plank flooring and a second level of seating in the interior, as well as an outdoor seating area.

A multi-brand franchisee, this isn’t Dave’s first attempt at trying something different. He helped Arby’s test its “Kitchen of the Future” concept in 1990’s, which led to a growth spurt for the brand. When Dave saw the opportunity to acquire a prime piece of real estate in the township, he couldn’t pass up the chance to once again be ahead of the curve.

“As we continue to grow in to new markets, we have to get even more creative in how we build our restaurants,” said Wade Cooper, Vice President of Architecture and Design for Arby’s. “Innovation often comes from our franchisees, and Dave is no stranger to innovation. He’s a skilled operator, and it was our privilege to help him develop what will be a remarkable Arby’s restaurant.”

“Whether it’s downtown Manhattan or a historic building, our focus is on helping our franchisees make any site work.” Wade Cooper, Vice President of Architecture and Design, Arby’s 

The estimated 3,000-square foot Arby’s is expected to break ground in October or November, with a grand opening anticipated in 2019. The restaurant will create approximately 35 new jobs.

A pre-construction view of a future Arby's in Allentown, Pennsylvania

A pre-construction view of the future Arby’s in Allentown, Pennsylvania

A rendering of the new Arby's in Allentown, Pennsylvania

A rendering of the new Arby’s in Allentown, Pennsylvania

A rendering of the new Arby's farmhouse in Allentown, Pennsylvania

A rendering of the new Arby’s in Allentown, Pennsylvania