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Cookout chain to open restaurant by Aug. 15 on former site of Coach House

The new Cookout Fresh Hamburgers is nearing completion at the former site of the Coach House restaurant, 855 South Broadway in Lexington. The chain, based in North Carolina, already has a restaurant in Richmond.
The new Cookout Fresh Hamburgers is nearing completion at the former site of the Coach House restaurant, 855 South Broadway in Lexington. The chain, based in North Carolina, already has a restaurant in Richmond. Herald-Leader

Cookout, a burger-and-barbecue chain that includes a menu with 38 milkshake flavors, is set to open next week at 855 South Broadway.

The restaurant expects to open by Aug. 15, according to district manager Trista Strong.

The chain already has a restaurant in Richmond, which opened in December, 2013; Murray, which opened 90 days ago; and Frankfort, which opened 21/2 weeks ago, Strong said.

Murray is the hometown of Morris Reaves, one of the owners of the Cookout chain.

The Lexington restaurant will have a double drive-through in addition to indoor and patio seating.

The privately owned chain is based in Thomasville, N.C., and has restaurants in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia.

The menu includes char-grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, barbecue and milkshakes. Shake flavors include Hi-C Punch, lemon squares and walnut. Banana is a favorite ingredient in shakes including banana berry, banana nut, banana fudge, banana pineapple and banana pudding.

The barbecue is "Lexington-style" — that is, Lexington, N.C. — which means the sauce is vinegar-based.

Also on the menu is Cheerwine, a North Carolina cherry-flavored soda that is a regional favorite.

The lot where the restaurant stand most recently housed Casanova Fine Italian Restaurant, and for many years before that, Stanley Demos' Coach House.

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