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Miller's Ale House breaking ground in Apopka


The Apopka City Center Miller's Ale House will break ground in Apopka on Monday morning. The Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the ceremony at 10 am.

Miller's Ale House, a well-established Central Florida sports bar/restaurant, announced its intentions to come to Apopka in February 2023.

The Wisdom Development Group of Peoria, Illinois, is developing the project.

According to its website, Wisdom specializes in developing premier free-standing properties, strip centers, anchored centers, commercial parks, and mixed-use projects combining retail, office, restaurant, and entertainment. The company utilizes only the best location, design criteria, and construction standards for each development to maximize its tenants' success and profitability. Since its formation in 1995, the Wisdom Development Group has continuously emphasized the core values of integrity, reliability, and performance.

Miller's Ale House is a nationwide restaurant and sports bar chain with 55 locations in Florida, eight in Pennsylvania, seven in Illinois, six in New York, four in New Jersey, three in Tennessee and Maryland, two each in Georgia, and Ohio, and one each in Delaware, and Virginia.

The first Ale House opened in 1988 in Jupiter, FL.

Their motto?

"A place where making friends is as easy as ordering your next beer. So whether you’re here to chill, cheer, chow down, or get charged up, you’ll find a whole House full of friends and friends-to-be ready to join in."

In May 2023, the Apopka City Council voted in favor of the project, albeit ceremonial.

Jean Sanchez, the Community Development Planning Manager, said that the Miller's Ale House development plan was not subject to the City Council's approval due to the executed development agreement for the City Center, which the restaurant is a part of.

"The applicant has chosen to undergo the MDP public hearing process to introduce the intent of restaurant use and the subject properties based on public interest," she said.

Commissioner Kyle Becker explained that if developments within the City Center perimeters meet the code, a provision does not require staff to seek approval from the City Council. However, he said that they can bring something up to the City Council if it finds something controversial.

"Years ago, we had a commitment that if there were anything considered controversial, staff would feel more comfortable bringing it back to City Council for approval," said Becker. "But this is obviously not controversial."

Commissioner Nick Nesta said that with this development agreement, the City Council's approval for Miller's Ale House would be ceremonial.

"If we deny it, it can still move forward, so this truly is ceremonial," said Nesta.

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