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Chick-fil-A Restaurant Wants Batavia Location

Local plans for the chicken restaurant franchise will be discussed with a city committee sometime this summer.

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.

Story Surprise

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.'”

Haley June 07, 2011 at 05:17 AM
This is the best news i've heard in a while. I used to have to go to Georgia to get my Chick Fil A fix, then it was Aurora, a little closer... But now right in Batavia?! I'm so happy!!
Sharon Recchia June 07, 2011 at 02:13 PM
How about the Golden Corral that was supposed to open on the corner of Randall and Main Street? What is happening with that location?
Melissa Pazen June 07, 2011 at 04:29 PM
I'm like Sharon... what's the status of the Golden Corral? It blocked my favorite mechanic (Tuffy's), and I'm curious. The building will soon be at 'eyesore' status in my opinion.
Mary June 08, 2011 at 01:04 AM
Super Super excited to see Chick-Fil-A in Batavia. I work right across the street! Love that place. First had it in Springfield many years ago. Then it closed up. The only other time I could have it was in Texas. Excited that they opened one in Aurora and soon the one in Oswego. But Batavia!!! Oh yeah!!!! Also I do hope they can open up the Golden Corral. Another restaurant they need on Randall Rd somewhere is Texas Roadhouse.

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