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Bardstown's Cracker Barrel may open late-summer

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Construction on a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Bardstown began mid-March and is moving forward quickly, according to Logan Spaulding, chief building inspector for Nelson County Code Enforcement.

Erin L. McCoy/The Kentucky Standard

Crews were at work Friday at the site of a new Cracker Barrel near Lowe’s and Long John Silver’s.

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“I think they’re projecting an opening somewhere late summer, early fall, and that’s all weather-dependent,” Spaulding said. But construction crews from Louisville-based Buffalo Construction Inc. are working regularly, including many Saturdays, to keep construction on schedule, he said.

“Their construction is proceeding like it is supposed to,” he said. “They’re doing their structural framing and they’ll be starting to route their plumbing in. … They’ll start pouring the floor slabs shortly.”

The 10,244-square-foot restaurant will seat 258 people and will be one of Bardstown’s largest restaurants, he confirmed. According to Janet Johnston-Crowe, director of the Joint City-County Planning Commission, the building will have an 8,960-square-foot interior with a 1,284-square-foot porch.

Because of the small size of the 1.5-acre lot, the store has been approved for a variance that requires 3 percent of the property’s parking lot to be made of an impervious surface —  in this case, porous asphalt — in place of having the 20 percent open or “green” space normally required. The porous asphalt will aid with stormwater management, Johnston-Crowe said.

Cracker Barrel previously considered building a restaurant in Nelson County in 2007. Johnston-Crowe said rumors the city’s sign ordinance turned the restaurant off to the deal were unfounded.

“The Planning Commission reviewed their sign plans last time and they would have met the city’s sign ordinance. The store design and signs are the same as last time, just a different site,” Johnston-Crowe said.

The store will have three building signs and one ground-mounted sign 10 feet in height and 70 square feet in size. It must be set back 65 feet from Springfield Road’s driving lane, Johnston-Crowe said.

The store is being built at 10 Filiatreau Lane, near Long John Silver’s and Lowe’s.