The Denison Planning and Zoning Commission approved a site plan Tuesday for a currently unnamed restaurant project at the intersection of FM 691 and U.S. Highway 75 in Gateway Village. When asked for the name of the restaurant tenant, developers and representatives for the project declined to comment.
“I am assuming that we are not seeing the name of the restaurant yet because they don’t want to announce it yet, right,” Commission Chairman Charles Shearer asked during Tuesday’s meeting and was told he was correct.
The commission approved the request with little discussion. Representatives for the project did not speak aside from confirming that they could not give the name of the restaurant at this time.
The proposed restaurant will be located on the first of three lots at the corner of Hwy. 75 and FM 691 and represents one of the first commercial developments on the west side of the intersection.
Plans for the site include a 2,256-square-foot restaurant with a drive-thru. The site design features 30 spots for parking and six spots in the drive-thru for line stacking. While no name is shown on the designs, the artist renderings include a round space for logo signage on the north, south and western sides of the building.
Developers for Vaquero Ventures were at Tuesday’s meeting to represent the project, but were not called to speak before the commission. The website for the Fort Worth-based developer listed Starbucks, Cotton Patch Cafe, Panera Bread, Chipotle, Potbelly, Raising Cane’s and Old Chicago among its previous restaurant tenants.
Since 2011, the developer has seen the completion of 220 developments in 17 states with a total of $390 million of value.
In an email Monday morning, developers with the greater Gateway Village development said they could not comment on the project, but said details would be released in the days to come.
“Unfortunately, I cannot give you any details at this time,” Ryan Johnson, president of Covenant Development, said via email. “We are still bound by a confidentiality agreement. I hope that we will be able to discuss within the next few weeks.”
P&Z Manager Steven Doss said the site would not have a direct connection to the highway service road and would instead be accessible through Convention Way. This would allow backed up traffic from the site to back to Convention Way and Convention Way East instead of the service road.
“When all is said and done, there will be a small circulation pattern on this block that should not affect the (Hwy.) 75 frontage road too much,” he said, adding that this will increase safety on the roadway.