Fast Food Restaurant Eyed for Whitney-Pearl

New owners seek rezoning for Quality Catering site


The new owner of the former Quality Catering site on the corner of Pearl and Whitney roads is seeking to rezone the area for a fast-food restaurant.

Attorney Nick Catanzarite, representing North Pearl LLC, said the company has not reached a deal with any restaurant yet, but is looking to bring in a fast-food chain.

"No end user is confirmed yet, but the plan is to have a fast food use on the hard corner," Catanzarite said.

North Pearl bought both the southwest corner parcel and the adjacent Quality Catering lot at sheriff's sale in December for $445,000.

City Council on Tuesday night introduced legislation to rezone the corner parcel from General Business to Restaurant-Recreational.

The adjacent lot is already zoned Restaurant-Recreational.

Catanzarite said there are no plans as yet to build on the parcel that housed Quality Catering, but said the lot may be developed in the future.

In the meantime, the building will come down. Catanzarite said crews are now removing asbestos, and expects the structure to be razed in the next three to four weeks.

It's not the first proposal for development on that corner. In 2010, Sheetz sought to build a gas station there, but council turned down the rezoning request after nearby residents objected.

Sheetz has since joined a development on the other side of Pearl Road.

Last year, Discount Tire sought to build a store there, but Strongville officials didn't like the plan because it did not include razing the Quality Catering building.

Across the street, rezonings have been approved for a Sheetz and for an O'Charley's restaurant.

Jean Williams February 20, 2013 at 09:21 PM
well pete your flawed logic of your own post "I say we don't need anything the city already has" but then you want a "Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins" and pete how do you revive a bankrupt company to build a shopping center in a smaller parcel ???
lyn February 20, 2013 at 09:31 PM
I agree with jean - how do you force any company to build what you want? And, since " Everyone who lives there has gone to that building across from the former Quality Catering site for years whether it was Diary Mart, Mac's, or Circle K", then you folks can continue to patronize that place. But there are 45,000 or so residents in the city and most would rather stop at a Sheetz. No loss to that business -we all drive by the current place now and go somewhere else we feel more "comfortable" going, but that has been more inconvenient. You guys keep going to your corner place and let other people have a choice. We are not a small town that only needs one small gas station at each end of 1 of 2 major roads in the city. At least you no longer have your no-tell motels. Which was worse?
Pete February 21, 2013 at 12:30 AM
Forgot about the one over by Pearl and Royalton as I don't really go past Royalton anymore and it's also fairly new. As for the company I never said it had to be built by them.
Carmen February 25, 2013 at 04:51 PM
If you were the owner of the old Quality Catering comercial property what would you build their and find acceptable to the comunity.....?
Carmen February 25, 2013 at 04:51 PM
If you were the owner of the old Quality Catering comercial property what would you build their and find acceptable to the community.....?


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