Board reviews site plan for Cook Out restaurant

Published 12:10 am Sunday, June 28, 2015

For those waiting for a Cook Out to open in Washington, that wait could be getting shorter.

Washington’s Planning Board, during its meeting Tuesday, reviewed the site plan for the proposed Cook Out on Carolina Avenue between Down East Motors and El Tapatio restaurant.

“As you’ve probably seen by now, they’ve cleared the property, and as far as we know, they’re awaiting word from us to proceed,” said Glenn Moore, a city planner, to the board. “It’s gone to the technical review committee and received approval. There were no outstanding comments or any issues from any of the board members. I think the biggest thing was the relocation of a fire hydrant that was kind of in the way of the plan proposed here.”

For at least three years, the city has been aware of a developer’s plans for the Cook Out. Negotiations between the developer and N.C. Department of Transportation regarding setback requirements were a factor in the project being delayed.

Board member Jane Alligood asked if the developer “got straight with the DOT, so there’re setback is now 50 feet instead of 100?”
Moore replied, “They actually took a very long process and purchased that abandoned right of way. It’s very lengthy process, and that might have been what slowed them down.”

Board member Dot Moate noted this Cook Out will have an inside seating area, something many older Cook Out sites do not have. They have drive-through and walk-up service only.

Obtaining a building permit would be a next step toward building the restaurant, according to John Rodman, the city’s director of community and cultural resources.

Cook Out has sites in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky and Maryland. Cook Out’s corporate office is in Thomasville. The chain originated in Greensboro. Morris Reaves is owner and founder of Cook Out. His son, Jeremy Reaves, serves as Cook Out’s chief executive officer.

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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