Sink your teeth in, Rocky

The Courier Mail - October 16 2015

Tasty Retail Asset Off the Menu

“EAT like you mean it.” If the thought of a burger with with a big, juicy, 1/3 pound angus beef patty, melted American cheese, tomatoes, red onions, pickles and lettuce topped with mustard, mayonnaise and ketchup has your mouth watering, then get excited.

Development plans have been lodged with Rockhampton Regional Council for what is believed to be a franchise of American fast food chain, Carl’s Jr. A spokesperson from Carl’s Jr confirmed one of their franchises would be opening in Rockhampton “very soon”.

“The lease agreements are still being finalised,” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said it looked like “it will be very soon.”

“It is a matter of finalising those details.”

An international brand, Carl Karcher first started Carl’s Jr in Los Angeles in 1941 with a hot dog cart.

From there the franchise has expanded into 3800 restaurants across 42 countries.

There are only five Carl’s Jr franchises in Australia, two of which are in Queensland, in the southeast corner in Ipswich and Brisbane.

The first Carl’s Jr Australian franchise was opened on the New South Wales Central Coast at Bateau Bay in 2016.

The Rockhampton store would be the first one to make its way to northern Australia.

Gideon Town Planning lodged an application with council earlier this month on behalf of Kele Property Group Pty Ltd in relation to the proposed Carl’s Jr development.

The report is for a Material Change of Use for a food and drink outlet on George St.

The subject site consists of three separate parcels of land and has a total site area of 1686sqm.

The burger business will join fast-food rivals Red Rooster, KFC, McDonald’s, Subway and Hungry Jack’s along the strip.

The development proposal is to establish a restaurant with a drive-through facility over two lots and an ancillary car park.

The restaurant is proposed to be centrally located with the drivethrough service lane wrapping around the building.

The restaurant will consist of a kitchen and service area as well as indoor seating and outdoor seating area, with a total area of 280sqm.

The building, with an elevation height of about six metres, will have an exterior facade that incorporates a mix of smooth and textured cladding as well as metal mesh which provides for vertical articulation of the build form.

A fully enclosed service yard that includes a bin storage area will be attached to the main building.

A dedicated car park for the restaurant is proposed to include a total of 10 on-site parking spaces.

The proposed hours of operations will be Mondays to Thursdays and Sundays 8am to 11pm and Fridays and Saturdays 8am to 12am.

Predominately selling burgers, the Carl’s Jr menu has burgers with all kinds of flavours and a generous amount of toppings but with one main common thread - they are all big and juicy. If you don’t feel like a burger, there are some other options of salads, sides, desserts and beverages.

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