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Logan's Roadhouse plans to open in Martinsburg

Restaurant planned in The Commons shopping plaza off Apple Harvest Drive in late 2010

Restaurant planned in The Commons shopping plaza off Apple Harvest Drive in late 2010

November 17, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- A Nashville-based company that owns and operates a chain of casual steakhouses in 24 states has submitted plans to the Berkeley County Planning Department to open a restaurant near Martinsburg.

Heather MacDonald, spokesperson for Logan's Roadhouse Inc., said the company anticipates opening a restaurant in The Commons shopping plaza off Apple Harvest Drive (W.Va. 45) in late 2010.

A sketch plat submitted by the developer last month for county review proposes a 6,505-square-foot restaurant on a 1.5-acre outparcel between Retail Commons Parkway and the southbound lanes of Interstate 81. It would seat 237 people.

The Berkeley County Planning Commission is expected during its regular meeting next week to consider the developer's request for a waiver from parking requirements. The restaurant is seeking a waiver from being required to provide 145 spaces, Planning Department Director Stefanie Allemong said Tuesday.

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The Commons' developer, AIG Baker Development LLC, has completed initial construction on the 45-acre project, John Abernathy said Tuesday in an e-mail.

In July 2009, Bed Bath & Beyond, PetSmart and Target were among the first of nine anchor national retailers to open in the shopping center. Staples is expected to open next year, a company spokesperson has said.

Logan's Roadhouse Inc. runs 168 company-operated and 26 franchised Logan's Roadhouse restaurants in 24 states, including four in West Virginia and two in Pennsylvania. It opened its first location in Lexington, Ky., in 1991.

The restaurant Web site states that it "revisits the class roadhouse from days past and brings it to life in a modern way through its welcoming hospitality, attentive service and kickin' upbeat atmosphere."

For more information, go to www.logansroadhouse.com.

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