By Jacob Sturm
Another well-established restaurant chain is coming to Mustang as part of the construction taking place east of the Mustang Walmart on State Highway 152.
Chili’s Grill & Bar has submitted building plans to the City of Mustang for a location located in the Mustang Marketplace development, and the plans are well on their way toward approval.
Ryan Conner, the Mustang City Planner, said the paving, drainage, storm water and more have been put in. He said the Mustang City Council accepted the improvements, making everything officially approved. He said that is why building permits are now able to be released.
“Chili’s, they submitted building permits early last week,” Conner said. “And so, we’ve already sent them off… for their fire marshal’s review. Our chief building inspector has already either almost finished or completed his review. So, I think their anticipation is to start rather quickly as well.”
Conner said the developers for the Chili’s Grill & Bar restaurant have been in contact with the City about those reviews, too.
The restaurant, alongside the planned Panda Express that the Mustang Times reported is also going in the Mustang Marketplace development, will help provide Mustang residents with more food options in town.
“It’s a big thing for Mustang, especially on that side of town with all the other retail that’s around the area and the amount of traffic that Mustang and State Highway 152 receives from people even outside of the city as well,” Conner said. “Just having options to grab a bite to eat there, or to have another option in the evening times for after baseball practice or games and tournaments that people are in town for. So, it’s definitely good to have a variety of options, and actually for Mustang definitely some sit-down options. That’s definitely where Chili’s is going to come in as a really nice sit-down option for families.”
Mustang Marketplace only has five lots total, with three of the lots already being occupied (Panda Express, Hunker Terrace Retail Shell and now Chili’s Grill & Bar). One of the available lots is a smaller lot located near the frontage of the development by Panda Express and Hunker Terrace Retail Shell, while the other lot is a larger area located behind the incoming developments.
Conner said there are no definite businesses coming into either available lot as of yet.