A popular restaurant for chicken sandwiches plans a Wayne County location.

A petition before Richmond’s Board of Zoning Appeals indicates a Chick-fil-A restaurant is planned for the former Steak ’n Shake location at 5901 National Road E. Chick-fil-A Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia, is the applicant requesting five variances of development standards for the location.

The fast food restaurant chain already operates over 3,000 restaurants in the U.S. and Canada.

The petition is on the agenda for the BZA’s 5:30 p.m. March 13 meeting in the Richmond Municipal Building’s third-floor council chambers. The five variances requested are:

  • Relief from the minimum side yard setback to allow for an order point canopy.
  • A reduction in the minimum front yard parking setbacks.
  • An increase in the maximum permitted area for a wall sign.
  • A reduction in the minimum setbacks for a pole sign.
  • Permission for a trash receptacle to encroach into minimum front yard setback requirements.

A site plan filed with the variance requests indicates the restaurant would have 70 seats inside, four tables with 16 total seats outside and 59 parking spaces west and south of the restaurant. A two-lane drive-thru would begin on the restaurant’s east side and wrap around the restaurant’s north side to the west side. The canopy where customers would order is indicated on the east side.

JK 5901 East National Road LLC, based in Indianapolis, purchased the 1.4-acre site for $1.5 million from Elizabeth Saucier Tucker last March, according to county property records. Marc N. Jaffe is listed as the registered agent for the company that formed during February 2023.

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A version of this article appeared in the February 28 2024 print edition of the Western Wayne News.

Mike Emery is a reporter and layout editor for the Western Wayne News.