COVER: Hooters on Riverside Drive in Austin periodically hosts classic car drive-ins like this one in May 2013. PHOTO by DANIEL WALTERS
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Following an episode in which city officials approved a bar permit for a new Hooters and then withdrew approval five weeks later, the Atlanta-based restaurant chain is looking at a different property about a half-mile up the Interstate 35 access road from its original intended location.
On May 26, the San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission approved an application for a conditional use permit to serve alcohol at a restaurant Atlanta-based Hooters of America LLC intended to operate 1305 S. Interstate 35. The 3.3-acre redevelopment site was occupied at the time by the Griffith Ford dealership which has subsequently relocated to new facilities north of River Ridge Parkway.
Two weeks after the planning commission approved the permit, however, a homeowner in the adjacent Sunset Acres neighborhood filed a formal appeal; following a July 7 hearing, the San Marcos City council voted 6-1 to revoke Hooters’ alcohol permit.
Instead of digging in at the former Ford dealership, company officials are now looking at a 5.9 acre tract at the intersection of the northbound access road and Luciano Flores Street, assistant planning director Kristy Stark told the University Star
At their Sept. 8 meeting, planning commissioners will consider the restaurateurs’ request for a conditional use permit at the new location. Details of the proposed new Hooters site are not immediately available; city staff publishes background information on upcoming permit requests on the Friday prior to the Tuesday meeting at which the application is scheduled to be considered.