Dining: Popeye’s return to West Rome set for site of former bank branch. Planned: $775,000 new building. Burger King just about ready at former Popeye’s location on Shorter.

Dining: Popeye’s return to West Rome set for site of former bank branch. Planned: $775,000 new building. Burger King just about ready at former Popeye’s location on Shorter.

United Community Bank’s Shorter Avenue office near Winslette Pharmacy and Lowe’s. Hometown photo.

 

It looks like Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen indeed is returning to Shorter Avenue, this time on the site that once was home to United Community Bank’s West Rome office.

Permits with the city/county building office show a structure demolition request was made for 2436 Shorter Ave. That’s the United Community office closed in March 2017. Last week, that building was reduced to rubble.

A separate permit, also under the name PLK Rome LLC, shows a 2,695-square-foot restaurant is planned for the site with construction valued at $775,000. Also listed is CSC Properties in Clearwater, Fla., which has built other restaurants and retailers around the Southeast.

The former home of Popeye’s, at 2207 Shorter Ave.  — closed since what firefighters deemed was an arsonous blaze — has been updated and will open before February as Burger King. The restaurant looked 90 percent ready to open on Monday with most of the signage in place with the exception of the drive-through lane.

The Burger King franchise is moving from 2114 Shorter Ave. — almost across the highway — with plans to be out by Feb. 1. The current Burger King location is on the market for $635,000, according to LoopNet.

Also, a new Popeye’s is about to open in Rockmart on the site where Sonic stood for years off Ga. 278. CSC Properties also includes a listing for a future Cedartown restaurant.

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