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An artist rendering shows what the proposed Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern building will look like to motorists along 146th Street.

An artist rendering shows what the proposed Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern building will look like to motorists along 146th Street.

 

A burger chain has its eyes on Westfield – and the mouths of local customers.

Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern is seeking approval to build a new restaurant at 2740 E. 146th St. The proposal was presented to the Westfield Advisory Plan Commission on Sept. 3. In its request, the restaurant would be built on 0.84 acres approximately 900 feet east of Oak Road on 146th Street.

“It is the remaining out lot of Cool Creek Village,” Westfield Senior Planner Kevin Todd said. “They’re plugging this in. It’s part of the center’s master plan.”

Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern is seeking approval to build a new 4,700 square foot single story restaurant with approximately 400 square feet of outdoor patio seating at 2740 E. 146th St.

Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern is seeking approval to build a new 4,700 square foot single story restaurant with approximately 400 square feet of outdoor patio seating at 2740 E. 146th St.

The proposal calls for a 4,700 square foot single story building with approximately 400 square feet of outdoor patio seating. Todd said the property is currently unimproved land surrounded by existing structures and businesses to the north, west and east.

“There’s a handful of zoning issues – landscaping plans, lighting fixtures and screening of mechanical equipment,” he said, adding that such issues are typical for new projects when they are first presented. “They’ll be fully compliant two weeks from now.”

Other concerns raised by the APC include access to the restaurant, which will have no additional access off of 146th Street besides the existing one for Cool Creek Village.

“I think there’s going to be some challenges,” City Council member Steve Hoover, who also serves on the APC, said. “It deserves a look from our traffic engineers. I’m also concerned about parking and making sure parking will be sufficient.”

APC member Dan Degnan is also concerned that signage will be an issue like it was for existing businesses surrounding the proposed location.

“I’m not trying to be cynical but I do believe it will be an issue,” he said.

Bagger Dave’s has locations in Avon, Fort Wayne, Greenwood, Indianapolis and Terre Haute. In addition to Westfield, the chain has plans for a new location in Fishers. The restaurant specializes in burgers, sandwiches/subs and pub food. They have a gluten-free menu, sports bar, are kid-friendly and offer free Wi-Fi.

The petition was reviewed by the Technical Advisory Committee at its Aug.20 meeting and will be reviewed and voted on by the APC at its Sept. 16 meeting. The proposal will then be passed to the Westfield City Council with a recommendation.