Ledbetter Properties, which already is bringing a slew of restaurants to East Bend less than a mile away, has plans for another fast-food place on Turner McCall, this one on the site of the former Long John Silver’s at the East Seventh Street intersection.
Documents on file with the Rome Floyd Planning Department call for a moderate-sized fast-food restaurant with just over 2,000 square feet under roof. The name of the restaurant has not been disclosed but apparently it would have a lunch and dinner menu — a plus given morning traffic to Saint Mary’s Catholic School, just across Holmes Drive from the rear of the project.
The planning department has received applications for “multiple variances to allow for the redevelopment of the property as a new restaurant,” says Assistant Planner Brice Wood. The deal with setbacks and similar issues. The applicant: R. H. Ledbetter Properties and the sites are owned by Ronald B. Maggard Sr., trustee of the Ronald Maggard Revocable Trust.
What we know so far:
- The restaurant will be built on the corner of Turner McCall and East Seventh, a bit different from the current structure.
- It will have 2,026 feet under roof with seating for 46 people.
- Parking for 33 vehicles will be included.
- The drive-in wraps the building with the ordering area apparently fronting Turner McCall.
Long John Silver/A&W closed at 1603 Turner McCall Blvd. in late April 2019 although signage indicated a remodeling was pending. The Shorter Avenue location closed in 2018.
As for Ledbetter Properties: Just up Turner McCall, the company has spent more than a year shaping East Bend on the 20-acre campus that was home to Kmart and several outparcels. Plans call for 20 to 28 retail stores and restaurants, and many of them are coming together quickly. Most visible are those fronting Turner McCall — Texas Roadhouse at the Hicks Drive intersection and then, working south, the likely home of Fazzoli’s and the soon-to-open Chipotle and Panda Express. McAlister’s Deli also is on the way.
Conjecture — and strictly conjecture. Look for perhaps a Willy’s Mexicana Grill, similar to the one at Main Street Marketplace in Cartersville, home to the “mega” Kroger-anchored development build by Ledbetter Properties. David Buckel of Buckel Design Group, which worked with the Ledbetters on Marketplace, submitted the variance applications on behalf of Ledbetter Properties. Buckel worked on the Willie’s in Cartersville as well as the new Las Palmas location there. Or would that Long John’s spot be too close to the new Chipotle? Or is Chipotle a factor in not placing Willy’s there as well? All guesses for now.