Construction will resume in the next few weeks at Molasses, a new restaurant going in at Main and McDonald streets in downtown Midland.
The restaurant, which will feature St. Louis-style barbecue, is expected to open in late May, said David Dittenber, president of Downtown Restaurant Investments, in a statement released on the
Molasses will be at 201 E. Main St., the former Journey Coffee House location.
"... The slight delay in construction and renovation is simply a result of careful planning," Dittenber said on the post. "DRI is committed to bringing energy, diversity and personality back to the heart of downtowns. The construction delay was necessary to ensure we have proper infrastructure to create a positive culinary experience."
Project planning, including mechanical requirements, the coordination of contractors and the appropriate plan approvals have been finalized, Dittenber said on Facebook.
The restaurant originally was scheduled to open in late 2018.
The restaurant is a $1 million investment and will employ about 40 people, Dittenber told the Daily News for a July 2018 story. The atmosphere of Molasses will be "casual, moderate, and very family friendly," he told the Daily News, with plans for an outdoor seating area.
When asked about the name of the restaurant, Dittenber described molasses as an "integral part of St. Louis barbecue."
Molasses will be the fourth eatery owned and operated by Dittenber. He also owns Old City Hall, American Kitchen and Tavern 101 restaurants in downtown Bay City.