While a casual-dining chain obtained a building permit to work on the former Catfish King location near the intersection of U.S. Highway 75 and U.S. Hwy. 82 recently, this week representatives with Applebee’s are presenting plans to retrofit and rehabilitate the former seafood restaurant.
The request is scheduled on the agenda for Tuesday’s Sherman Planning & Zoning Commission meeting, but is included on the consent agenda. These items represent routine items that comply to city code and are acted upon in one single vote without individual discussion.
Calls to Applebee’s representatives for comment on the project were not immediately returned Friday.
Catfish King closed its doors in its location at 3301 N. U.S. Hwy. 75 in mid October following more than three decades of business in Texoma.
The plans that will be presented to the commission describe a 5,142 square-foot restaurant with room for 189 seats and valued the project at $600,000. This is nearly 300 feet larger than the 4,850 square feet of restaurant space described in the initial building permit.
City officials said they believe the project is for a retrofit rather than a full rebuild of the building.
The exterior of the building will be brick, stone stucco and fiber cement siding. Artist renderings for the building resemble the chain’s Texoma Parkway location, with a brick front facade over the front entrance with signage on the front face. Design sketches appear to show a restructuring of the building’s entrance to include a side exit and the removal of the existing building’s drive-thru window.
Forney-based East Star Design is listed as the architect for the project and the applicant for the building permit. The firm has previously worked on several restaurants in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, including Burger King and Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen locations.
With the new location moving forward, questions remain about the future of another Applebee’s location. The documents submitted with the city do not indicate if this new location will replace the chain’s location along Texoma Parkway, or will serve as a second location within the city of Sherman.