North Carolina burger chain plans to build on South Broadway

A North Carolina fast-food hamburger chain has submitted a proposal to build a restaurant on South Broadway on property that for years was the site of the upscale restaurant Stanley Demos' Coach House.

Cookout Fresh Hamburgers has filed a request with city planners to build on land at 855 South Broadway, which most recently was the home of Casanova Fine Italian Restaurant.

Jeremy Reaves said he owns the Cookout chain with his father, Morris Reaves, a Murray native. Jeremy Reaves said a second restaurant is planned for the Eastern Bypass in Richmond.

Both restaurants in Kentucky are scheduled to be opened by next spring, he said.

"We are mainly known for outdoors-style cooking and barbecue," Reaves said.

The privately owned chain is based in Thomasville, N.C.

It has 125 restaurants in North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia, Reaves said.

In Lexington, Reaves said, "This will be your traditional sit-down restaurant with a drive-through window. I think it will seat 99."

The menu includes fresh char-grilled hamburgers and chicken, hot dogs, foot-longs, BBQ, chicken wraps, quesadillas, creamery style milk shakes and coffee drinks.

The Urban County Planning staff is reviewing the plans for the restaurant, planning director Chris King said.

Meanwhile, a message on Casanova's answering machine said the restaurant was closed but that there were plans to open in a new location that was not identified.

The message referred Casanova customers to its Facebook page, where a July 31 post discussed a new location: "We have ... options and we are deciding which one to choose. We will post it on FB as soon we have the new location. Downtown is the target but we are considering other places."

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