EasySpeak: Distillery, restaurant to open in Milford

MILFORD — Zach King hopes he can bring a new and unique vibe to Milford.

EasySpeak, located along Milford-Harrington Highway, will open this weekend after a long and anticipated wait.

The new distillery and restaurant will be the first of its kind in Milford, featuring libations and food created inside its facility along with other local tastes.

The business is owned by Randy King and will be managed by his son Zach and Marissa Cordell.

“The main concept is two pieces,” the younger Mr. King said. “The distillery and the restaurant side. We really designed it to be mostly efficient for the distillery.”

Mr. King formally managed a similar operation in Lewes, Delaware Distilling. This new business, however, is being created with changes and experiences in mind.

“We sold out of that in the springtime. The building there was not designed to be a manufacturing building of any kind. It was built to be a restaurant. It was tough early on to do a distillery out of there,” he said. “This business is more focus on the distillery. The food items here are more snack items, not dinner. At the end of the day, everyone learns from mistakes in any business. So, we’re tightening things up, working a little hard and fixing it.”

His experience in the restaurant and distillery fields has served as a learning curve to help Mr. King continue with a fresh start. Changing locations from the beaches to Milford will also help the success of the business, he added.

A different kind of vibe

“Here at EasySpeak, we’re going to a communal kind of vibe,” Ms. Cordell said. “It will be a social atmosphere good for all ages. Anyone is welcome. We’ll be able to share plates. Like if they order ribs, there will be enough for other people.”

Inside the building, tables and chairs fill a small dining room area. More chairs wrap around a bar found closer to the center of the room. Even more chairs and tables still can be found both outside and in a back room to be used for dining in the evening and bottling during the day.

“We want it to be efficient and successful,” Mr. King said. “We want to give everyone a different feel in Milford, something that they can’t find here yet.”

Continuing, he added, “We designed the place to be different for Milford. We’ll have brick oven pizzas, smoked items, no fried foods, good social atmosphere. . .There’s really nothing in Milford where you can go and hang out in a social atmosphere as much as we’ve designed.”

Although EasySpeak will be creating their own vodkas, rums and gins to provide to its customers, they will also feature beers and other drinks from local companies such as Mispillion River Brewing headquartered in Milford.

“We’ll have as many of their beers as we possibly can. We can’t have a keg here, but anything that’s canned or bottled we’ll try to have. A lot of people look at us like the Mispillion with food and beer,” he said.

Items created from inside EasySpeak’s distillery will be freshly brewed and crafted with no artificial flavors, sweeteners or color additives, according to Mr. King.

“Everything we make is all fresh ingredients. We bring in cases and cases of fresh ginger, lime and other things. Fresh spices go into the rum,” he said. “A lot of the stuff out there is artificially flavored or sweetened. But craft liquor is kind of the difference between craft beer and Miller Light. The small batch aspect really shines through in the final product. You can taste a really big different when you taste our rum and Captain Morgan. Once you taste enough, you can tell you’re tasting artificial vanilla and flavoring and that kind of stuff.”

Milford will benefit from a business such as EasySpeak, he claims.

“Everybody is lacking I think in that we are like seventh in population in the state. There are a lot of people right here. And the proximity to Dover, Harrington, the beaches… Distillery does draw people in. It doesn’t really have to be in Milford,” he said.

EasySpeak will be open to the public Friday, Dec. 15 and will have a grand opening celebration Saturday, Dec. 16.

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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