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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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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