BURLINGTON - Two separate restaurant entities recently appeared in front of the Planning Board looking to get special permits approved as they seek to set up shop on the former Dodge site located at 90 Middlesex Turnpike.
Last December, the Planning Board approved a rezoning request by RC Trust that saw the land rezoned to a Planned Development District (PDD). The property is now deemed a mixed-use PDD and will consist of two restaurants and a single-tenant office space.
Del Frisco's Grille is officially the first tenant to be approved for a location on the site. The establishment entails an upscale bar-and-grille theme with steaks and sandwiches.
Attorney Eugene Richard of Wayne, Richard & Hurwitz LLP, representing Del Frisco's Grille of Massachusetts, affirmed that the company wants the restaurant to be known as a place where people can be social while enjoying food and drinks.
"It's intended to be convivial and a gathering spot," he said. "Del Frisco's Grille combines the social atmosphere of an American bar and grill with upscale entrees, an extensive wine list and hand-crafted cocktails."
The design plan consists of a 2-story building, with outdoor patios on both floors, that will stand at just under 8,000 square feet. The first floor will have 199 seats and the second floor is set for 119 seats.
One of Del Frisco's representatives compared the establishment to The Capital Grille on Wayside Road.
All of the town departments support the site plan.
Qdoba Mexican Grill looks ready to be the second restaurant on the former Dodge site.
The Mexican eatery's menu consists of burritos, grilled quesadillas, nachos, taco salads, tacos, and custom breakfasts.
The design plan consists of a 2,400 square feet building with 61 seats inside and 16 seats outside.
When speaking about both of the aforementioned restaurant proposals, it was clear that the Planning Board members viewed each favorably and saw no problems approving their requests for special permits.
"It looks like a couple of great uses for this location," said Planning Board member Paul Roth, adding that the restaurants seem like "great businesses."
The Planning Board voted unanimously in favor of both special permit applications.
Both restaurants are expected to be open next spring.
Further information on the PDD property
In addition to tenants occupying the former Dodge site, there will be trees added to the frontage landscape on the property.
The site circulation goals of the location are to limit impacts to the wetlands resource areas by pulling back pavement from the existing area and to get people on and off of Middlesex Turnpike more efficiently.
The site will contain 281 parking spots, vertical granite curbing, new sidewalks, and one-way in and one-way out right-turn access points. Also, no building will be higher than 30 feet, but there will be a “decorative tower” on the larger of the two buildings that will stand 47 feet high.
No tenant for the office space on the site has been revealed yet.