The former Queen City Family Restaurant at Route 10 and Lancaster Avenue in Reading is set to become a medical marijuana dispensary following the property’s sale in January.
The new dispensary, Goodblend, is expected to open later this year after renovations to the 4,500-square-foot building are complete, according to a news release.
Queen City announced its closure on Jan. 6, one day ahead of the completed sale to Vision Development & Management, a commercial real estate firm based in Orlando.
Elsayed “Steve” Elmarzouky, who owned the restaurant for 30 years, sold the property for more than $1.9 million.
Two weeks later, Vision announced a long-term lease agreement with Goodblend, a subsidiary of Parallel, a cannabis company headquartered in Atlanta.
Representatives for Parallel and Vision did not respond to inquiries about the transaction or dispensary.
Elmarzouky continues to operate the Heidelberg Family Restaurant near Robesonia.
The sale could be construed as a sign of the times, in terms of both the challenges restaurants — and diners in particular — continue to face from the pandemic, as well as the high visibility such a prominent location will give a pot brand.
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