A building is going up on a long-vacant tract at the site of the old Holiday Inn off Route 273 in Ogletown.
A tenant for the near Interstate 95 has not been announced.
Reports indicate that the rapidly growing Two Stones group of gastropubs will occupy the building this fall. Two Stones did not respond to a request for comment.
Two first Two Stones opened in the Brookside area south of Newark and a few miles away from the Route 273 site.
Two Stones has gone on to add a half dozen locations in Delaware and Pennsylvania, typically in strip mall settings.
Now under construction is a free-standing location in Middletown. New construction also allows outdoor dining, a big drawing card for diners.
Two Stones ownership also operates the 2SP brewery in neighboring Delaware County, PA. The brewery supplies specialty beer for Two Stones locations and has its own tasting room.
2SP has generated buzz in a crowded craft beer market in the Philadelphia area, thanks to limited edition brews that included an offering for Wawa. The convenience store giant has a limited number of stores that can sell beer.
Two Stones, which describes itself as a “Temple of Beer,” features craft brews and a list of daily sometimes unusual specials from its chefs.
Offerings include such things as, fajita spiced flank steak, duck poutine and Minnesota tater tot hot dish.
Unlike rival Iron Hill, Two Stones does not brew beer on its premises.
The pad was created when the original Holiday Inn was razed at the location near Interstate 95.
A limited service Holiday Inn Express was erected in place of the Holiday Inn, which was a long-time meeting place, thanks to a restaurant on the property.
The addition of Two Stones would add a dining option for guests who have to navigate an area lacking in pedestrian amenities.