- Mar 25, 2019
Families craving burgers, cheese curds and frozen custard may soon have a new Culver’s restaurant in Northbrook to satisfy their needs. Plans for the restaurant received mostly favorable comments from Trustees during a preliminary review at the February 12 Village Board meeting.
The proposed Culver’s will be on a currently-vacant outlot at Sanders Court, on the southwest corner of Dundee and Sanders Roads. Plans for the 4,100 sq. ft. fast-casual restaurant include seating for 89 customers and a drive-through window on the west side of the building. An electronic message sign would be located at the northeast corner of the site. The restaurant would operate from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. seven days a week.
Although no vote was taken, remarks from the Board indicated their overall support for the proposal. Trustee Buehler stated that the restaurant could bring some much needed life to the Sanders Court shopping center. “My hope is that the development of this can make a positive contribution to the success of the shopping center and continue to be an important part of our commercial community,” said Buehler.
Some Trustees had suggestions regarding design elements of the proposal, with Trustee Ciesla arguing that the drive-through should not stack cars on the Dundee Road side of the building and Trustee Israel stating a preference to locate the patio on the south side of the structure. President Frum, however, argued against the Board overthinking the design.
“I just want whatever they do over there to be successful,” she noted, “so I don’t want us to micromanage what it looks like or how it’s laid out because I do think they know what they’re doing.” She stated that she would want to see the electronic signage to be allowed only by special permit, to maintain Village control over future applications for such signs.
The proposal will be reviewed in the coming months by the Plan Commission and Architectural Control Commission.