The Pacific Planning and Zoning Commission’s actions Sept. 26 could pave the way for a new restaurant in Pacific.
The city has seen several new eateries open in recent months, fulfilling one of the most common citizen complaints that there are not enough places to eat.
A new Imo’s pizzeria at 305 Hoven Drive opened in April and the Little Ireland Coffeeshop opened in September at 125 N. First St. A Domino’s pizzeria is under construction at 2240 W. Osage.
With one member absent, P&Z members voted to recommend approval of a minor boundary adjustment that would allow the sale of the building that housed the former Huddle House restaurant at 1340 Thornton Road.
Property owner Ashok Patel, who also owns the Phillips 66 station next door, requested the adjustment, which expands the former restaurant lot by 10 feet.
The boundary adjustment will allow for the sale of the former restaurant building.
City Administrator Steve Roth recommended approval for the request, calling it a minor adjustment.
Roth said as city zoning officer he had approved the request administratively, but the prospective buyer of the former restaurant building wanted a more formal adjustment approved by the board of aldermen.
When Patel owned and operated both buildings, the restaurant and gas station had cross access to each other’s entrances and parking lots. The prospective new owner wants a stand-alone lot, independent of the adjoining property.
Roth said the restaurant building lot easily has enough parking spaces to meet the city code requirement.
No details were provided on who the prospective buyer is or the planned use of the restaurant building.