VOL. 112 | NO. 193 | Thursday, October 22, 1998
By SUZANNE THOMPSON
Romanos Macaroni Grill begins building new location
to open in the spring
By SUZANNE THOMPSON
The Daily News
Construction is about to begin on a Romanos Macaroni Grill in the Wolfchase area.
Brinkers Corp. recently closed on the purchase of a 1.8-acre parcel at the corner of Germantown Parkway and Stage Road, said Ken Hoerster, vice president of retail development for Trezevant Realty.
Brinkers Corp., which also owns several other restaurant brands, including On the Border, Chilis and Cozymels, decided on that location because of the mass retail attraction in the area, said Pat Tribble, administrative assistant to the senior construction manager for the Macaroni Grill brand.
"Were out there with On the Border, and we think Romanos Macaroni Grill will do well there," said Randy Hargrove, public relations manager for Brinkers.
Romanos Macaroni Grill features northern Italian cuisine in a casual atmosphere, he said.
The restaurant will have 7,300 square feet, which will contain seating for 270, Hargrove said.
Brinkers is expanding its presence nationwide, and officials plan to introduce other concepts, such as Eatzis Market & Bakery to the Memphis market sometime in the future, Hargrove said.
The general contractor on the project is Cleveland, Prodojil Builders Inc., Tribble said.
Bob Ensign, project superintendent for Prodojil, said the surveying has been completed and excavation could begin today at the site.
The restaurant is scheduled for completion in the spring, he said.
Tribble said the new Macaroni Grill is tentatively scheduled for opening May 15, although there is a possibility the restaurant could open earlier if weather permits rapid construction.
The restaurant will be located between the Walgreens and the Chic-Fil-A, Hoerster said.
Hoerster said Trezevant began developing the Wolfchase area in spring 1997, and the parcel bought by Brinkers was one of the last his company has for sale in the Wolfchase area.
Trezevant has one remaining parcel in the area, a 1.6-acre parcel which fronts Stage Road, he said.