Red Robin will be the latest addition to an increase in eating options at White Oak.
The Planning Commission unanimously voted 5-0 Monday night to accept town staff’s recommendation for a conditional use site plan for the restaurant known for its gourmet burgers and bottomless fries.
The meeting to consider the request was rescheduled two weeks ago, because not enough commission members attended to make any official decisions.
The restaurant will go up in the Northwest quadrant of White Oak, which is across Jones Sausage Road from Cabela’s.
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The restaurant will connect to the town’s water and sewer service, senior planner Jenny Saldi said.
“We found the plan to be consistent with the town’s plans and policies,” she said.
However, the town staff recommend one condition before approval.
“Prior to issuance of a building permit, the Fire Inspector shall receive information on the actual water flow to meet fire protection requirements,” the condition reads.
Red Robin will seat 150 people and will be 4,500 square feet in area on a 1.43-acre tract of land. The front of the building will face U.S. 70.
There wasn’t any opposition or any discussion against it.
White Oak developer Rich Barta said construction will begin soon, but he expects the restaurant to open at the beginning of 2016.
“We’re excited to be at this next step of the Northwest,” Barta said. “We have very specific plans for a good part of the Northwest now. Enough that we’re ready to start. So I’ll say inside of two weeks you’ll see us start moving dirt out there...
“We have a number of really good retailers and restaurants for that quadrant.”
The town council must make the final approval at a future meeting. There will be a public hearing on May 4.
With more than 3,000 people attending Cabela’s grand opening last month – some from out of state, many from out of town – the outdoors store is expected to be the catalyst for future retail and restaurants in the area.
Many developers and business owners have seen White Oak as an attractive destination because of the increase in construction the potential impact Cabela’s could have.
Other restaurants including Carolina Ale House, Five Guys, City Barbeque, Buffalo Brothers and a Drury Inn Hotel have already been approved for the area.