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Chick-fil-A seeks OK for eatery’s drive-thru

Plans for a Chick-fil-A restaurant in the works for months appear to be progressing.

Chick-fil-A is seeking approval for a drive-thru for the future restaurant at 2705 Plainfield Road, near the Louis Joliet Mall.

The drive-thru is part of a plan for a 4,863-square-foot restaurant that would have 110 seats inside and an outdoor eating area with 24 seats.

A construction date has not been announced, and the project has been stalled by floodplain issues.

But the drive-thru permit is on the City Council agenda for a vote Tuesday.

The location is occupied by a vacant Lone Star restaurant that would be demolished for the Chick-fil-A project.

News about the Chick-fil-A plans came out in April.

However, the developer needs to resolve floodplain issues because of the new construction, Joliet economic development specialist Derek Conley said last month. The property lies in a floodplain, and the floodplain replacement issues were triggered because the project involves demolition of the existing building and construction of a new one.

Conley said then that he did not have a construction timetable for Chick-fil-A, but was hopeful the project would begin next year.

The Lone Star steakhouse closed in August 2017.

The Chick-fil-A drive-thru is one of two on the council agenda.

A Dunkin’ store in a strip center at Route 59 and Caton Farm Road also is seeking approval for a drive-thru.

Dunkin’ would relocate to the other end of the four-unit building it occupies to accommodate a drive-thru, according to a city memo on the plan.

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