O'Charley's to build in Danville

December 07, 2004|LIZ MAPLES

O'Charley's will open a restaurant in Danville in August.

Plans are to build in the Danville Manor Shopping Center in the parking lot between Dawahare's and Burger King.

"We think it's a great town," said Les Lockhart, vice-president of real estate development for O'Charley's.

The 190-seat restaurant will apply for a liquor license. The city's liquor-by-the-drink ordinance requires restaurants to seat 100 people and derive 70 percent of their revenue from food sales.

The 190-seat capacity is a smaller restaurant than O'Charley's usually builds. Most seat 275. Lockhart said that the smaller restaurant allows it to come into smaller towns like Danville.

O'Charley's will appear before Danville-Boyle County Planning and Zoning Commission at 9 a.m. on Dec. 15 to present a site plan.


The Boyle County Community Development Council courted the restaurant for more than two years, said Katie Jo Kirkpatrick, the organization's executive director.

Danville itself doesn't meet the normal population requirements for the business to open a location, but the CDC and the Heart of Danville each have market studies that show the city draws shoppers from 20 counties.

The idea that Danville is a regional draw was attractive to O'Charley's, Kirkpatrick said. Lockhart agreed, saying that he feels the restaurant will draw from the counties south of Boyle.

The restaurant markets itself as a casual neighborhood setting, and has been open since 1971. The menu has hand-cut and aged steaks, seafood and chicken dishes, yeast rolls, salads and a signature caramel pie. The pie has a graham cracker crust, whipped topping, pecans and chocolate chips.

There are already 13 locations in Kentucky: Bowling Green, Cold Spring, Elizabethtown, Florence, Frankfort, Georgetown, Hopkinsville, Lexington, Louisville, Owensboro, Paducah, Richmond and Shively.

The company operates 221 O'Charley's restaurants in 16 states in the Southeast and Midwest.

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