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McCandless Crossing Update: Three More Restaurants Commit

Talks are underway with another three restaurants.

The developers of McCandless Crossing  have confirmed three new restaurants have committed to the project, adding to another three, which signed on late last year.

"We have commitments from Panera Bread , Chipotle , and First Watch ," Kevin Dougherty of Adventure Development told KDKA-TV

The Panera Bread will likely include a drive-through option. Franchise owner Covelli Enterprises of Warren, Ohio sought, and won from McCandless Town Council an amendment to an ordinance, which prohibits drive-through restaurants along the stretch of McKnight Road that borders the fourth and final phase of the McCandless Crossing development. 

Bruce Betty, McCandless Land Use Administrator, said there are limitations to the amendment to discourage a typical fast-food restaurant. 

“To make sure it’s a restaurant like a Panera, for example we have a minimum square footage of 4,400 square feet, they have to a lounge area at least 400 square feet," he said. "Traditionally with drive through restaurants, between 60 and 80-percent of their business is drive through. But for a Panera or a Panera-like business, their drive through is between 30 and 40-percent of their business.”

Panera, Chipotle, and First Watch will join Longhorn Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill, and Carrabba's Italian Grill , which committed to McCandless Crossing late last year. 

Talks are underway for three additional restaurants in the area along McKnight Road, Dougherty told KDKA-TV.

What other restaurants would you like to see come to McCandless Crossing? Tell us in the comments box below.

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Nina Lyons May 04, 2013 at 12:54 PM
I think a Cracker Barrel would be terrific!! But more importantly TRADER JOES! Honestly I would prefer to eat at home!
Helen Gricks May 04, 2013 at 01:18 PM
What a shame that they are all national chain restaurants.
Sarah sidell May 04, 2013 at 01:34 PM
Nakama Japanese Steak House or P.F Chang's
Mike May 04, 2013 at 02:12 PM
No more chains, and I'd rather Fresh Market than Trader Joes.
Kathy Klingenberg May 04, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Please get the Golden Corral in there.
Mark A. May 04, 2013 at 03:46 PM
ugh, seriously? Golden Corral is horrendous, I'd rather eat at a grade school cafeteria.
Scott Baret May 04, 2013 at 06:43 PM
First Watch would be a nice addition. Given the limited hours, it wouldn't really hurt IHOP much. I just wish there was a greater variety of fast casual restaurants besides the ones we already have a few miles south on McKnight (Panera, Chipotle). Salsarita's would be a nice addition. Trader Joe's would be good, but how about Earth Fare? I've shopped at the one in Rock Hill, SC a few times and feel it would thrive, especially since it has a cafe that emphasizes good, wholesome meals. They even have promo nights every week (Grandma's old-fashioned dinner on Tuesdays, kids eat free on Thursdays). Better yet, get both grocers to the North Hills. Get rid of a mattress store or two and plop in a grocer not named Giant Eagle.
Scott Baret May 04, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Cracker Barrel would be nice, but I'm not sure if McCandless Crossing is the right place for it. They're clearly going after a different demographic in terms of the feel of the stores. I personally feel the best place for it would be in Hampton Township near the turnpike, which lacks sit-down restaurants to begin with and is also near a highway (something Cracker Barrel seems to prefer). There's a long-vacant Howard Johnson's at that exit that could be demolished to make room for it.
Scott Baret May 04, 2013 at 06:55 PM
For better or worse, this seems to be the theme in 2013. Brand recognition is key for a lot of people, especially since there's a "comfort factor" behind a known entity or one with a good reputation. That's not to say a local guy can't compete. All it needs is a good concept, amazing food, responsible management, and great customer service. Take the case of Fitzgerald's Irish Pub, my favorite restaurant in Charlotte. The restaurant opened last year and has been successful enough to warrant an upcoming second location in Chapel Hill. The owners put a lot of effort into the restaurant and it shows through the outstanding service and excellent menu. Come to think of it, an Irish pub would be a great addition to McCandless Crossing!
Nina Lyons May 04, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Scott you are a wise voice! Mattress stores are killing us! Lol.
Shelb May 05, 2013 at 01:13 AM
There's a great chain called Sweet Tomatoes that has a terrific salad bar (by weight), fresh-made pizzas, soups, pastas and breads, as well as a serve-yourself ice cream bar! Closest are IL, MA and NC
doglover1 May 05, 2013 at 03:31 AM
Golden Coral is nasty food! I would hope not!
Tammy May 05, 2013 at 04:29 AM
Steak n Shake :)
Jeff May 05, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Stop the Trader Joes talk already. Honestly the place isnt that great.
Sue LeDonne May 06, 2013 at 12:01 AM
Anything is a great addition. The only thing we need to worry about is traffic. Those of us who live in the area such as Ingomar will be faced with that every time we go south on McKnight.
Sue LeDonne May 06, 2013 at 12:01 AM
Anything is a great addition. The only thing we need to worry about is traffic. Those of us who live in the area such as Ingomar will be faced with that every time we go south on McKnight.
SLR May 06, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Sue why don't you move to a place where there are no people and thus no traffic since you seem to think that is so important. Honestly if traffic is what you are worried about you live a charmed life. Or need to get a life.
BJS May 06, 2013 at 07:45 PM
ewww...really?
Scott Baret May 07, 2013 at 01:34 AM
No matter your view on Golden Corral, I don't think it's a good fit at all.
Scott Baret May 07, 2013 at 01:34 AM
They are! Think of all the real estate you could utilize if you went down to just one or two along McKnight!
Scott Baret May 07, 2013 at 01:37 AM
No matter your view on Trader Joes, another grocer that isn't a discounter or owned by either Giant Eagle or SuperValu is definitely needed. Trader Joes is one option, although I think Earth Fare could easily move into the Pittsburgh market if they took up residency at McCandless Crossing.
Scott Baret May 07, 2013 at 01:40 AM
There's a tradeoff for everything. McKnight Elementary wasn't too happy when they lost the woods behind the school, as they could use the woods for science classes. However, you're getting some much-needed development in an area where other properties are either too old to be retrofitted (Northway), get bought out by mattress stores (everywhere on McKnight!), or are in the midst of disputes (McCrackin Ford). A movie theater is a must for the area, for example--I don't know anyone who goes to Rave--and having a commercial development near La Roche will be a huge plus.
B Concerned May 07, 2013 at 12:03 PM
The Bonefish Grill I have been to was great in Myrtle Beach. If it is same caliber, that is going to be real nice!
SLR May 07, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Helen how many privately owned restaurants have you been to in Pittsburgh? Which ones? How often?
SLR May 07, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Bonefish Grill welcome addition
Karrie Wilson Wood July 24, 2013 at 10:16 AM
I'd love to see Buca di bepo or Claddaugh come to the area! Would be even better to see something like The Melting Pot!

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