After three-year wait, Cook Out appears ready to start work on new restaurant

John Thompson • Apr 30, 2019 at 9:15 PM

ELIZABETHTON — After more than three years of delay, it appears that work on bringing a Cook Out restaurant to Elizabethton has finally restarted.

The Elizabethton Regional Planning Commission will review the company’s site plan at the next Planning Commission meeting on Thursday at 6 p.m..

More than three years ago, Cook Out acquired a Long John Silver’s restaurant at 509 W. Elk Ave. In February 2016, the Planning Commission approved Cook Out’s plan to tear down the fish restaurant and build a new restaurant.

Elizabethon Planning Director Jon Hartman said no action has been done on the site and the 2016 Planning Commission approval of a proposed site plan has lapsed. The approval of a plan gives the developer three years to start work. Hartman said the approval for Cook Out lapsed in February 2019.

Hartman said Cook Out has submitted a similar plan to the one that was approved in 2016.

The proposed building is 1,352 square feet and a total occupancy of 98 people.

Cook Out’s corporate headquarters are in Thomasville, N.C. The company began in Greensboro, N.C., in 1989 and now has over 200 restsurants. The general contractor for the construction of the Elizabethton restaurant is Dimension Construction of Memphis.

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