March 21, 2017
Popeyes restaurant planned for Broadview Avenue
The 2,397-square-foot restaurant at 286 Broadview Ave. would have 27 parking spaces.
Popeyes has more than 2,600 restaurants worldwide, including this one in Fredericksburg.
• Where: 286 Broadview Ave., Warrenton.
• What: Proposed fast food restaurant with drive-thru.
• Building: One story, 2,397 square feet.
• Parking spaces: 27 proposed.
• Site: 0.745-acre with commercial zoning. Would displace used car dealership, vehicle repair shop, barbershop and flooring warehouse.
• Property owner: NACR LLC of Warrenton.
• Applicant: David Hall, DRH Engineers.
• Franchise owner: Janjer Enterprises Inc. of Silver Spring, Md.
• Needs: Special use permit for drive-thru.
• Next: Application will go to the Warrenton Planning Commission for a public hearing and recommendation to the town council. The council also will conduct a public hearing before deciding whether to grant the special use permit.
A well-known fast food restaurant could open soon in Warrenton.
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, famous for its fried chicken, plans to build a 2,397-square-foot restaurant at 286 Broadview Ave., near the old bowling alley.
NACR LLC last May purchased the Warrenton Plaza shopping center, which includes the three-quarter-ace site, for $2.74 million.
Janjer Enterprises Inc. of Silver Spring, Md., would own the franchise
With one proposed drive-thru lane and 27 parking spaces, the new restaurant would have an expanded entrance/exit on Broadview Avenue. Zoned commercial, the property will require a special use permit for the drive-thru window.
The one-story building would have a modern design with synthetic stone veneer, metal canopies and vinyl shutters with gold, red and green paint, according to the permit application filed March 16 in Town Hall.
The building would displace a used car dealership, a vehicle repair shop, a flooring businesses and a barbershop.
The restaurant would serve about 400 people a day, but would have little effect on Broadview Avenue traffic, according to the application.
In 1972, the first Popeyes opened in New Orleans. The chain has grown to more than 2,600 restaurants around the world.
The restaurant would operate 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Bealeton has the closest Popeyes, sharing a building at Routes 17 and 28 with Papa John’s Pizza.
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truthanyone? · March 27, 2017 at 1:14 pm
Say no to the fattening fast food places!!! We demand more places to consume massive amounts of wine! You have your vices, I have mine. Hypocrites.
BJ · March 26, 2017 at 6:10 pm
@Rover 530 - Arby's closed down because the place was dirty and the service was bad, same goes with TCBY's, the old bowling alley, and the old movie theatre. There was a Seafood Restaurant on Route 17 north (Twisted Sisters?), yet there again it was a bad location, the placed smelled, and everything was from the freezer then fried. Have you checked out Foster's lately? They have new ownership, the place is clean and the food good, for a great price.
rcliftonc · March 23, 2017 at 12:15 pm
Hmmm, I don't feel like cooking tonight and need a quick meal. What are my options? Shall I have Chick-fil-a, McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, or Subway? "Come to Warrenton if you want a $2.00 double cheeseburger!" Sad...why can't a Noodles & Company or Cava type of quality fast food joint come to Warrenton? I'm sick of taking my business to Gainesville!
Silii · March 22, 2017 at 5:39 pm
Oh goody, another fast food chain to sell even more unhealthy, fattening food. Why can't Warrenton attract some decent new restaurants? Marshall and Gainesville are leaving Warrenton behind. Warrenton is taking on a "used to be" look and feel with all the empty storefronts in town and in the dull, worn out, old looking strip shopping centers full of empty storefronts.
Rover 530 · March 22, 2017 at 2:29 pm
I would like to see a return of Arby's to Warrenton. The old one closed down so Starbucks could open their 20th store in the Warrenton area. Arby's offers some new menu choices and is an alternative to the same old thing. But their corporate management may see what we don't. Popeyes offers a spicy choice to KFC. Would care to have more fine dining (or decent chains) places in Fauquier. Napoleon's closed and then burned down and there really hasn't been a restaurant to take its place in the local economy. A good seafood restaurant would be great.
citizen observer · March 22, 2017 at 12:43 pm
Sounds like a good place for the new movie theater and/or bowling alley. Oh that's right, they can only be built along with more residences and retail stores.
robbinnhoodd · March 22, 2017 at 9:45 am
Agree this is more crap food but who is supposed to put 'real' restaurants in town? The government doesn't do this. It is up to the free market and individuals to invest their money. The restaurant business is very difficult with a high rate of failure. These fast-food chains will keep coming here if you all keep supporting them. Mom and pop places will come if you help make the existing ones successful. Applebees, Longhorn and Panera don't count.
HoppyIPA · March 22, 2017 at 7:11 am
Oh how exciting.....another fattening fast food chain for us country folk. What a joke! How about putting some real "restaurants" in this town so we don't have to give our money to the surrounding counties that provide good food and beverages.
Citizen Voice · March 21, 2017 at 12:09 pm
ok Bachman Turner, so I'm not a fan of Popeyes, or of fast food, But have you seen this area? It's an eyesore as it is and a modern FF restaurant will not make it less attractive. Also, I suspect the tax revenue will be increased as the old small businesses will remain in business but shift to other spaces. Also, THAT area of Broadview will NEVER be a pedestrian friendly area. How could it be with the current myriad of assorted buildings, etc. and who wants to stroll/walk along a traffic-busy Broadview avenue?
Bachman Turner Overdrive Super Fan · March 21, 2017 at 11:52 am
So we get to trade four spaces offering a variety of uses, and the potential for other future uses, for a single "modern" building that will house a drive through fast food chain. Hats off to the town planning and economic development folks...NOT. So let's see if the auto oriented land use on Broadview gets special approval. If it does, I suppose all the talk about making Broadview pedestrian friendly is just talk.
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