MILLSBORO — Town Council was all aboard for a specialty market that, if approved, will feature homemade sauces, import products and select groceries.
At their meeting Tuesday, council members agreed to move forward on a lease agreement with Daniele “Danny” Alo, a former New York City businessman who wants to convert the town-owned former train station into an Italian grocery store.
It will be called Alo’s Kitchen & Imports, Millsboro Mayor Michelle Truitt announced at the meeting.
Mr. Alo, whose family moved from the Bronx to Plantation Lakes, had restaurant ventures in New York, the mayor said.
Now in Delaware, he has been a vendor at the Millsboro Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings, earning accolades from Mayor Truitt, who said his sauce is “wonderful.”
Mr. Alo is planning to sell imported products, dry goods and homemade items — for example, olive oils, olives, dried pasta, sauces, breads and more, Mayor Truitt said.
The business also would feature espresso and coffee, with a table or two for patrons.
Proposed hours of operation would be Tuesdays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Council’s approval to pursue a lease deal was 6-0, with monetary and lease terms to be determined. The draft will be prepared by Town Solicitor Mary Schrider-Fox.
“We’re very much in the conceptual phase right now,” said Millsboro Town Manager Sheldon Hudson. “I would expect Mary Schrider-Fox will put together a draft that the town can scrutinize a little bit. Staff will probably take a look. I’ll take a look, and then, we’ll have council take a look. And then, at that point, present it to Mr. Alo. I think it will be fairly straightforward, would be my guess, and we’ll move forward, hopefully.”
Mr. Alo’s interest in renting the old train station along Railroad Street was one of two proposals received by the town. The other included a request for Millsboro to enter into a private-public partnership, “where we would co-sign for a loan. (But) I just don’t think that is a viable option,” Mr. Hudson said.