Culver’s, a Midwestern restaurant chain founded in 1984 and boasting almost 700 locations nationwide, began construction at its 4637 Milan Road (U.S. 250) location. It will be across from the Great Wolf Lodge, just north of the Dunkin’ Donuts and Mickey Mart in Perkins Township.
The construction project, which already has a good portion of the outer skeleton of the building established, is projected to cost $1.2 million. The restaurant announced it intended to open the 5,000-square-foot operation sometime in May, said Josh Clark, an owner of the Avon-area Culver’s. Clark’s team will run the new location as well.
Culver’s has more than 10 locations in Ohio, with two more, including Sandusky’s, on the way.
Megan Sherlund, the Perkins Township zoning inspector, offered some insight as to why local officials support this project.
“Reasons for development would be to improve the economic condition, increase the number and types of dining establishments in the township and develop currently vacant land to increase tax revenue for the township,” she said.
Culver’s is best known for its “ButterBurgers,” a butter-infused burger. Culver’s also sells premium chicken, side dishes, such as cheese-stuffed tater tots and fried cheese curds, and several desserts, namely its fresh-frozen custard, which is made daily.
Meanwhile, a sub restaurant has submitted plans to possibly open a location in Perkins Township.
Penn Station East Coast Subs is seeking to renovate the vacated space next to Chipotle at 4318 Milan Road, where Mekong used to be. The Penn Station chain has more than 300 stores spread across 15 states.
Founded in 1984 in Cincinnati, Penn Station East Coast Subs specializes in sandwiches that originate on the East Coast, including a cheesesteak sandwich. It prides itself on its fresh-cut fries, hand-squeezed lemonade and sandwiches that are prepared fresh in front of customers, according to the company website.
In other restaurant news, work on the building at 5309 Milan Road continues. A Golden Corral is replacing Ryan’s, another buffet-style restaurant.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Zoe Greszler, Michael Harrington, Andy Ouriel of Tandem Media Network contributed to this story.