Tim Horton's plans to open Friday October 11 for business in Ellicottville
Tim Horton’s plans to open Friday October 11 for business in Ellicottville

By Jann Wiswall

Tim Hortons Ellicottville, the town’s first 24-hour eatery, expects to open Friday, Oct. 11, in time for all the Fall Festival revelers, early morning commuters, and baked-goods lovers among us.

At least, there’s a 90 percent chance.

“We’re on track to open Friday morning, but we have to allow for the possibility of a glitch that could delay it by a day,” said Ray Miranda, owner of Miranda Holdings and seven other Tim Horton’s restaurants in Western New York.

On Wednesday, Oct. 9, the site at the intersection of Routes 219 and 242 was overrun by workers inside and out, planting trees and shrubs, laying tile, installing equipment, testing alarms and finishing details. To the untrained eye, however, the café itself appeared to be pretty close to completion, with shiny cases, coffeemakers, tables and chairs, and most other items in place. The only things missing were the mouth-watering aromas and the staff behind the counters.

But no worries. “We’ll be baking and brewing early Friday morning,” said Miranda, with cautious optimism.

The new staff of 45 employees, including students from Ellicottville and West Valley high schools, has been training at other Tim Hortons locations for several weeks. Some staff members have been with the company for years and are transferring to the Ellicottville location, including manager Tina Burns, who previously managed the Springville and Gowanda locations.

“We’re ready and excited,” she said of opening day.

The Ellicottville location features the chain’s new café and bakeshop look and feel that the company has introduced around the country with great success.

“The new style features a contemporary décor with overstuffed chairs, a gorgeous stone fireplace, a television, free Wi-Fi and a patio with fire pit out front,” said Miranda.

It also features an exhibition-style bakery at the front of the house that allows guests to watch and smell the freshly baked goodies as they’re being prepared.

Those goodies include the beloved seasonal pumpkin muffins, doughnuts, Timbits® and pumpkin-flavored coffees and lattes. The restaurant also will offer the full menu of your favorite breakfast, lunch and dinner selections including sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads and freshly pressed paninis — including the newest grilled steak and cheese panini.

The restaurant is the first business to open in the new building, which also will house four large, two-bedroom furnished apartments on the second floor and an additional 1,200 square feet of retail space on the first floor. The apartments will be completed in time for seasonal or long-term rentals (seasonal renters have already booked several weeks sight unseen) and the retail space will be built out once tenant(s) have signed leases.

Plus, Five Star Bank is installing a drive-through ATM with its own driveway at the north side of the building in time for opening as well.

“This project has been a long time coming,” said Miranda, who said that the Ellicottville Town and Planning Boards have been a real pleasure to work with. “We think this will be a great addition to Ellicottville, and we look forward to becoming a part of the community.”

In fact, Miranda is so thrilled to be in Ellicottville that he is donating three trees to the town as a way to say thank you. He also expressed interest in working with the Ellicottville-Great Valley Trail Committee to look at ways to locate the northern trailhead at the Tim Hortons property.