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Culver's restaurant plans second Pasco County location

Published Feb. 18, 2015

WESLEY CHAPEL — Culver's, the popular restaurant best known in the Midwest for its ButterBurgers, plans to open a second location in Pasco County, and its target audience now will be the shoppers at the Tampa Premium Outlets mall.

Engineers have submitted preliminary plans with the Pasco County government to build a 4,235-square-foot restaurant at the Cypress Creek Town Center property owned by the Richard E. Jacobs Group. The lot fronts the south side of State Road 56, just east of the intersection with Wesley Chapel Boulevard.

The Cleveland-based Jacobs Group is one of three entities developing the town center project, which calls for 2 million square feet of retail space, restaurants, offices, hotels and a residential community. Simon Property Group is building the 1.1 million-square-foot outlet mall scheduled to open in October, and Sierra Properties of Tampa, the original developer, owns the remaining 240 acres traversed by SR 56.

Culver's also is building a restaurant at U.S. 19 and Ridge Road in Port Richey, on the site of a former used car lot. It has a targeted opening date in April.

Wisconsin-based Culver's debuted in Florida in 2013 and has two restaurants in Tampa and one in Largo. Culver's opened its first restaurant in Sauk City, Wis., in 1984 and now has more than 500 restaurants across 22 states. Besides the burgers, the menu includes frozen custard, fried cheese curds and soups, salads, sandwiches and dinners including fried chicken and pot roast.

The Cypress Creek location is proposed to include 110 seats, a drive-through and covered outdoor seating. An engineer, construction company executive and a representative of the Jacobs Group are scheduled to meet with county staffers next week to discuss the plans.