FLINT TWP. — So far there’s been no sign of demolition or construction at the future Miller Road site of a proposed Texas Roadhouse restaurant but there has been some movement behind the scenes.
On October 6, the township board unanimously approved a phase I and II Class C liquor license application for Texas Roadhouse. 4140 Miller Road.
“All Texas Roadhouse restaurants provide alcohol service for customers,’’ according to the application submitted to the township by Texas Roadhouse Holdings of Troy.
An escrowed liquor license is being transferred from Cardon Inc. 1902 Hammerberg Road (the Swartz Creek Golf Course) in Flint, according to a pending license application posted on the Michigan Liquor Control Commission website.
The application indicates that it includes “a new outdoor service area” but cancels a dance permit and a special purpose permit for golf.
The township board approved site plans in July for Texas Roadhouse and an adjacent retail development. At that time, developers indicated plans to begin demolition by early September of two car dealership buildings currently occupying the site. Earlier this week, both buildings still were intact. The five-acre parcel is just west of Curtis Drive on the north side of Miller Road.
Most recently the site held the short-lived Jim Waldron used car dealership but for many years prior to that operated as Genesee Valley Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram and before that was a Chinonis Chrysler Plymouth Dodge dealership.
Construction plans call for side-byside buildings – a standalone 7,162 square-foot Texas Roadhouse and a separate 6,800 square-foot strip mall of two or three businesses.
Developers originally said they planned to compete the retail portion by the end of the year. A spokesperson for Texas Roadhouse said they are targeting a spring construction start and June 2015 opening.
Texas Roadhouse is a Westernthemed steakhouse currently operating in 48 states and abroad, according to its web site.