Burger Fi still hopes to open its first Ohio restaurant in Mentor, just at a different location.
The Florida-based franchise now wants to open at a site nearly a mile west of its original plan. This Thursday the Mentor Planning Commission will consider a conditional use permit request to re-image the building at 8748 Mentor Ave. to create a freestanding restaurant for burgers, hot dogs and frozen custard.
The company decided against its former location at 9184 Mentor Ave. and now needs a building permit for its new selection, the former home of Little Mountain Farmers Market. City Council last week passed a liquor permit transfer for Burger Fi. The business will sell craft beers and wine.
"That building has been vacant since the downturn, and it's certainly a very visible building," Mentor Economic Development Director Ron Traub said. "This will be an intriguing use and a unique concept to utilize the building."
Burger Fi's wants to offer patio seating setback from Mentor Avenue.
"It'll almost create an interesting big-city type flavor where you're sitting back from the sidewalk watching activity go by," Traub said, "as opposed to other patios where they are in the parking lot."
The Planning Commission will also review the preliminary site plan of an indoor firing range proposed by the North Coast Gun Club and Nathan Properties LLC. It would be located at 6240 Tin Man Road, near the intersection of Tyler Boulevard and Heisley Road.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at council chambers.