Another growing restaurant franchise plans to open a location in Batavia, Mayor Jeff Schielke said Monday night.
This past week officials for Chick-fil-A turned in their petition and paid fees to go through the planning process to erect a restaurant on Batavia's west side, Schielke said. He spoke about the restaurant near the end of Monday's Batavia City Council meeting.
The Batavia Chick-fil-A would be located at the southwest corner of Randall Road and McKee Street in front of the old Wickes Furniture site.
This would be the first location in the Tri-Cities for the fast-food chicken restaurant. The company currently has locations in Aurora, Wheaton, Orland Park and Chicago.
The proposed Chick-fil-A location will go to the city's Plan Commission sometime in the next six weeks. A specific opening date was not announced, but Schielke said the company would like to move quickly.
"We are pleased to add Chick-fil-A to the Batavia community," Schielke said. "They will be, I think, a welcome addition to our restaurant row."
The restaurant will go on the site of where a parking lot was for a proposed Fuddrucker's site. A Batavia location for that restaurant did not come together, Schielke said.
As soon as the city rezoned the corner individual lot to allow for restaurants to go there, Chick-fil-A stepped forward. Restaurant officials approached the city less than a year ago about a Batavia location, Schielke said.
Other Famous Franchises
Schielke also said on Monday that city staff is working diligently to see that a Golden Corral will open in town as well. Plans have been in the works for a Batavia Golden Corral for several months. The buffet-style restaurant currently has locations in Aurora, Elgin and Bolingbrook.
Schielke did not announce the Chick-fil-A news right off the bat during his report. Instead he led into it with this story:
“Two weeks ago we had one of mayors towards the city ask to come out and see Batavia … We got out on Randall Road and he was amazed he had heard of two restaurants that were hot in the area, one being , the other being Honey-Jam Cafe,” Schielke said. “He made the comment, 'Gee, the restaurant you don’t have is Chick-fil-A.' I told him 'Don’t dismay, we are about there.'”