Fast Food Restaurant Eyed for Whitney-Pearl

New owners seek rezoning for Quality Catering site


The new owner of the former Quality Catering site on the corner of Pearl and Whitney roads is seeking to rezone the area for a fast-food restaurant.

Attorney Nick Catanzarite, representing North Pearl LLC, said the company has not reached a deal with any restaurant yet, but is looking to bring in a fast-food chain.

"No end user is confirmed yet, but the plan is to have a fast food use on the hard corner," Catanzarite said.

North Pearl bought both the southwest corner parcel and the adjacent Quality Catering lot at sheriff's sale in December for $445,000.

City Council on Tuesday night introduced legislation to rezone the corner parcel from General Business to Restaurant-Recreational.

The adjacent lot is already zoned Restaurant-Recreational.

Catanzarite said there are no plans as yet to build on the parcel that housed Quality Catering, but said the lot may be developed in the future.

In the meantime, the building will come down. Catanzarite said crews are now removing asbestos, and expects the structure to be razed in the next three to four weeks.

It's not the first proposal for development on that corner. In 2010, Sheetz sought to build a gas station there, but council turned down the rezoning request after nearby residents objected.

Sheetz has since joined a development on the other side of Pearl Road.

Last year, Discount Tire sought to build a store there, but Strongville officials didn't like the plan because it did not include razing the Quality Catering building.

Across the street, rezonings have been approved for a Sheetz and for an O'Charley's restaurant.

Gary Mundson February 20, 2013 at 01:00 PM
Wow! The north end is moving on up!!!!! First a gas station. Now our very own fast food establishment. Outstanding. Can't wait!
lyn February 20, 2013 at 01:07 PM
McDonalds is so much better than Sheetz - LOL Now a place for punks and kids to hang out, so much better than Sheetz - LOL Should have gone with the first choice LOL
rollington February 20, 2013 at 02:10 PM
As a resident of the north side, THANK YOU. And I'm not even being sarcastic. It has always amazed me that of all the stores, restaurants, and businesses jammed between Whitney and I-71 that there isn't one single fast food establishment. Being so close to a highway exit, I'd expect to find at least *one* place to grab a quick dinner (besides the Subway inside Walmart).
Ralph February 20, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Hey Gary, two lots would be big enough to put a Bob Evans there with a really tall neon sign for east bound Interstate 80 travelers to see and get off at exit 161. If the sign were tall enough and flashing, westbounders could see it before the exit. I love the smell of bacon in the morning. OR, keep it a single lot and erect a Chinese take out and smell deep fried MSG all day.
lyn February 20, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Ralph- How about a Sonic? Besides smelling the food, you can listen to music and people in their cars?
Carmen February 20, 2013 at 04:59 PM
With The Building Of Metro things around their will start progressing upwards to take care of the influx of additional people. Watch for some new multi use office building to be presented shortly to the city.......
tom m February 20, 2013 at 05:09 PM
but the traffic..... but the traffic..... will be their cry.....fast food brings just as much traffic to a corner as a gas station We can reuse some of the complaints.... "I don't think we want another traffic headache in this city," Glenn Moenich Jr. of Stamford Court said. Jacki George 1:05 pm on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 The enormous lighted 24 /7 gaudy balloon awning adds to the tacky seedy traffic congested toxic polluting neighbor hood. All those living in the cherry hills condo/apartments on Whitney Rd might ask for rent reductions before they uproot to a more pleasant scenic living place. Depreciation of all those condos is sure to happen.
Pete February 20, 2013 at 08:46 PM
As someone who actually lives in the north end I say we don't need anything the city already has. All major fast food chains are somewhere else on Pearl and we're already adding like 10 restaurants throughout the city. O'Charley's should go there. As far as the field across the street. I say we should try to revive the stores that didn't make it when the plaza was supposed to be built. We could still add a Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins somewhere in that stretch especially if the city started to get rid of the motels there that are either eyesores already or starting to become eyesores. We do NOT need a Sheetz at the site period. Everyone who lives there has gone to that building across from the former Quality Catering site for years whether it was Diary Mart, Mac's, or Circle K.
Jean Williams February 20, 2013 at 09:21 PM
well pete your flawed logic of your own post "I say we don't need anything the city already has" but then you want a "Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins" and pete how do you revive a bankrupt company to build a shopping center in a smaller parcel ???
lyn February 20, 2013 at 09:31 PM
I agree with jean - how do you force any company to build what you want? And, since " Everyone who lives there has gone to that building across from the former Quality Catering site for years whether it was Diary Mart, Mac's, or Circle K", then you folks can continue to patronize that place. But there are 45,000 or so residents in the city and most would rather stop at a Sheetz. No loss to that business -we all drive by the current place now and go somewhere else we feel more "comfortable" going, but that has been more inconvenient. You guys keep going to your corner place and let other people have a choice. We are not a small town that only needs one small gas station at each end of 1 of 2 major roads in the city. At least you no longer have your no-tell motels. Which was worse?
Pete February 21, 2013 at 12:30 AM
Forgot about the one over by Pearl and Royalton as I don't really go past Royalton anymore and it's also fairly new. As for the company I never said it had to be built by them.
Carmen February 25, 2013 at 04:51 PM
If you were the owner of the old Quality Catering comercial property what would you build their and find acceptable to the comunity.....?
Carmen February 25, 2013 at 04:51 PM
If you were the owner of the old Quality Catering comercial property what would you build their and find acceptable to the community.....?


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