OSWEGO, NY ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ City, county and state officials gathered Tuesday afternoon for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Tim Hortons Restaurant on East First Street.
The business will officially open Wednesday morning. There will be free breakfast sandwiches for the first 100 patrons, as well as other specials, according to Jon Maurer, regional marketing manager.
“We’re very excited. We’ve been looking forward to this day for a long time,” said franchise owner Ray Miranda.
The Canadian-based restaurant chain has about 45 employees in the Port City.
“It’s nice to have a new restaurant like this in the neighborhood,” said one woman who thought the eatery was already open Tuesday. “I’ll be back.”
Several other people, many attracted by the large crowd on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, also thought the restaurant was open for busines.
“The reception we’ve have received in Oswego has been absolutely fantastic,” Miranda said. “I didn’t expect such a large crowd to turnout for the ribbon cutting.”
Tim Hortons offers a full line of soups, chili and sandwiches besides its famous apple fritters.
They also have espresso drinks and a soft frozen lemonade.
According to its website: Tim Hortons Inc. is Canada’s largest quick service restaurant chain.
Founded in 1964 as a coffee and donut shop, Tim Hortons has evolved to meet consumer tastes, with a menu that now includes premium coffee, flavoured cappuccinos, specialty teas, home-style soups, fresh sandwiches and fresh baked goods.
As of July 2, 2006, Tim Hortons system-wide restaurants numbered 2,625 in Canada and 297 in the United States.
More information about the company is available at www.timhortons.com