Chick-fil-A restaurant could be coming to Watertown

Chick-fil-A coming to Watertown?

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - A Chick-fil-A restaurant could be coming to Watertown.

There’s a proposal to demolish the former Ruby Tuesday building at 1290 Arsenal Street and replace it with a Chick-fil-A.

The plan is to build a new 5,000-square-foot restaurant with seating for about 100 people inside and additional seating on the outside. There will also be a two-lane drive through that wraps around three sides of the building.

“It’s a good addition to that particular development. It’s certainly going to bring a lot of traffic and draw a lot of visitors and I’m sure the developer of that plaza is excited to have them there,” said Watertown City Planner Mike Lumbis.

Travelers to the plaza say it could be a great fit for the area.

“Everybody likes having options,” Samantha Marriam said. “You know we got a burger place, we got a taco place here, we got pancakes, wings, so like having wings kind of in this little hub of food right here is a great idea.”

“I mean, I tried their food before,” Sterling Rosado said. “I liked it. It will come in handy with all of the other restaurants closing and hopefully this one will last more than a few years.”

Chick-fil-A is one of the largest fast food restaurant chains in the United States and is well known for its chicken sandwiches.

The Georgia-based chain reportedly has more than 2,600 locations around the nation.

The closest Chick-fil-A to the city of Watertown is in Cicero, over an hour away. Lumbis says this new location could attract more people to dine in the city.

“Because of its popularity, maybe it will help be a regional draw where people from, you know, you say an hour north of here will come to Watertown,” he said. “Make a day of it, like you said, as people do now to go to Syracuse.”

Bohler Engineering of Albany has submitted an application for the project. The Jefferson County Planning Board will review it when it meets next Tuesday.

“They reached out to us a month or two ago prior to submittal to confirm dates and deadlines and things like that and to give us a brief overview of the plans,” Lumbis said.

Lumbis says that his department is currently reviewing the plans and is going to present a report to the city planning board in February.

If that is approved, it will then need to go in front of city council.

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