Applebee’s under gun to finish work
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar construction crews have been scrambling to defy gravity, trying to get the restaurant up-and-running by the company’s 90-day building standard.
After securing all the necessary approvals as late as Tuesday, the restaurant received an extension to grade beyond the Oct. 15 deadline by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. The extension ends today, requiring hand digging thereafter.
As 20 workers did some curb work and dug the footing for the building Thursday, the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department made a site visit on Highway 50 next to Travelodge Stateline to check access and pretest water lines.
Applebee’s construction Manager Steve Herman echoed a common sentiment in the Tahoe building community that stringent regulations led to the hiring of those familiar with the basin’s codes.
Herman, who has managed the construction of 15 Applebee’s locations, said there are other challenges.
“It’s a small site, so there’s the difficulty of geography and geometry,” he said.
The 6,000-square-foot restaurant adds to the Overland Park, Kan.-based chain’s 1,400 locations, but it’s no run-of-the-mill place, Herman emphasized.
“This is what we call a one-off building. We only build one of them. You won’t see one like this anywhere,” he said. Then again, the restaurant may serve as a company prototype.
The buildings’ exterior copies an Alpine-style architecture. The inside decor conveys a neighborhood theme and dedicates a glory wall to a local hero. No South Lake Tahoe selection has been made yet, the corporate office reported.
The restaurant manager has been chosen. Frank Lamaina, who lives in the Carson Valley, plans to transfer from the Reno location.
The restaurant, with its anticipated opening in January, will seat 195 people. An outside patio alongside Highway 50 will accommodate 20 diners.
The company, which serves people in eight countries, trades its stock on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol APPB.
Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at email@example.com
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