An Oklahoma restaurant may soon open its first Texas location in Denison. The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission approved initial plans Tuesday morning for a new Hobo Joe’s restaurant that will be built along Loy Lake Drive.


The Madill-based restaurant opened its doors for the first time about five years ago and is looking to expand into the Texas market, representatives said. This will be the second restaurant under the Hobo Joe’s name for the company and the first to be located in Texas.


“It (Denison) is growing at a fast pace and we want to be a part of it,” Courtnie Combs, co-owner of Hobo Joe’s Restaurant, said.


Combs described the restaurant as family-friendly casual dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a menu of American classics ranging from steak to hamburgers. The restaurant will also feature a full-service bar and outdoor patio seating, among other amenities.


“I would also like to mention it will have a wood-fire pizza oven, which I am really excited about,” Denison Planning Director Steven Doss said Tuesday while describing the project.


Combs said the Denison location would be bigger than the Madill restaurant and would feature significantly more seating. While the first location can seat about 105, Combs said Denison will feature seating for 145.


Now that the initial plans have been approved, Combs said she expects construction to begin soon, with an opening in the spring of 2020.


In recent months, multiple restaurants have announced plans to open restaurants in Denison, with several restaurants opening locations in Gateway Village and downtown Denison. City officials said there are other corridors that can attract similar businesses, however. City officials said the Loy Lake area will likely see this type of development taking place alongside residential growth.


“Land along and in proximity to U.S. (Highway) 75 is attractive to commercial development, and the Future Land Use Plan reflects that,” Sunny Mackey, director of community engagement, said Tuesday regarding the project. “The area between Lillis Lane and Trail Drive will likely continue to develop with small to medium businesses that can capitalize on easy access to U.S. (Hwy.) 75 and sites that have existing utilities. Residents in nearby neighborhoods can enjoy quick access to the restaurants and services that businesses in this location provide.”


Plans for the proposed restaurant, which will be located at 3023 Loy Lake Drive near Huck’s Catfish, call for a 4,900-square-foot building constructed from a mixture of brick and stone. The site also features cross access to the adjoining lots. The plans met all city requirements and the applicants made no variance requests.


The item was approved with little discussion by the commission in a unanimous vote.


What other restaurants do you feel would fit in this part of Denison? Let Michael Hutchins, the local government reporter know at mhutchins@heralddemocrat.com or @mhutchinsHD on Twitter.