SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO Chik-fil-A is pecking away at a plan to come to San Juan Capistrano, proposing to remodel a Taco Bell building at 31771 Del Obispo Street, near the Ortega Highway exit from I-5.
The city’s Design Review Committee looked at the company’s plans to renovate an existing 2,193-square-foot building on May 25 and sent a recommendation of approval to the Planning Commission, which could take up Chik-fil-A’s development application within a month.
“I’m excited that Chik-fil-A is moving to town,” Committee Member Rob Williams told the applicants, after the panel voted to endorse the project.
The plan calls for the entire building to serve as the kitchen, restrooms, an office and storage area. All seating would be in a 936-square-foot covered patio that Chik-fil-A would build to seat up to 52 guests, served by two walk-up order windows and a pickup window.
A drive-through lane would serve motorists who order take-out.
The Design Review Committee had some concerns about whether the drive-through lane will offer enough stacking space for cars.
Williams said he visited Chik-Fil-A locations in Laguna Hills and Laguna Niguel, counting cars and noting that cars at Laguna Niguel were wrapping around the parking lot down toward Crown Valley Parkway.
“You guys are very successful, and we’re all in favor of you guys moving into this town,” Williams told the applicants. “My concern is, any one of those cars pop onto Del Obispo, we’re going to have a problem.”
After discussing the layout and circulation, the panel was confident enough to recommend approval….