The wheels are in motion for a Red Lobster to replace the King’s Restaurant on Route 19 in Cranberry.
At Thursday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Cranberry officials unanimously approved an inter-municipal liquor license transfer for the seafood chain, which is owned by Darden Restaurants, Inc.
Speaking on behalf of GMR Restaurants of Pennsylvania LLC—a subsidiary of Darden—attorney Mark Kozar told Cranberry officials during Thursday’s public hearing that the proposed 5,880 square foot restaurant would seat 220 people. The restaurant will employee about 100 workers, he said.
“Red Lobster would be a great addition to Cranberry Township and provide residents with a different dining experience,” he said.
The new restaurant would replace the King’s located at 20117 Route 19 in the Cranberry Mall.
The King’s restaurant would be torn down. The new Red Lobster would be built from the ground up in its place.
For now, the King’s restaurant remains open. Kozar said construction could begin by January. The proposed opening date for the new restaurant is sometime in July 2013.
Up next, the Cranberry Planning Advisory Commission will review Red Lobster’s land development plans at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 at the Cranberry Municipal Center.
Kozar said the exterior of the building would have bleached shake siding meant to reflect the seaside. The interior would feature warm woods and stones, he said.
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