Chick-fil-A does brisk business on nearby Northlake Boulevard, but plans are moving slowly to build another restaurant on Indiantown Road.
The Atlanta-based company submitted plans last December to replace Nick’s Tomatoe Pie on the north side of Indiantown Road, just east of Center Street.
Nick’s, which employs 60 and opened about 25 years ago, remains open. The eatery plans to move into another location in Sims Creek Plaza.
The Chick-fil-A plan called for:
* Demolishing Nick’s current 8,000-square-foot restaurant.
* Building a new Chick-Fil-A about half the size with inside seating for 96 patrons.
* The new restaurant would have two drive-thru lanes. There would be no outdoor seating.
The town planning staff responded a month later with a “insufficiency letter” to Chick-fil-A calling for changes before approval could be considered.
Traffic — and the potential for more — is the town’s main concern. Chick-fil-A is likely to draw more out-of-town traffic to the already busy intersection, according to the town.
The town also wants more pedestrian access to Sims Creek and a nearby future park site.
“Sims Creek is an asset to the proposed property, but has long been ignored. The area is covered with garbage and regular maintenance has not occurred, which has created many problems on what should be considered an asset and focal point for entry into the property,” according to the town’s letter.
Chick-fil-A also must make changes to landscaping, parking and signage for the plan to be considered, according to the town’s letter. Chick-fil-A has not responded to the letter, according to town records.
Chick-fil-A did not respond to a request from The Palm Beach Post for comment.
Nick Chiantese, who owns Nick’s Tomatoe Pie with former Jupiter Inlet Colony Mayor John Zuccarelli, opened another restaurant on July 19 on Loggerhead Plaza in Juno Beach. Located on the west side of U.S. 1 across from the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Nick & Johnny’s Osteria has about 150 seats, about 130 inside and the rest outside.
“It looks like we’re going to keep (Nick’s Tomoto Pie) open until next June. Then we’ll move into a new location in Sims Creek Plaza,” said Chiantese.
Besides Northlake Boulevard, Chick-fil-A has restaurants in Palm Beach Gardens, Boynton Beach, Royal Palm Beach, West Palm Beach and other locations.