New Blake's Lotaburger coming to Farmington
- The new East Main Street location will be the fifth Blake's Lotaburger restaurant in Farmington.
FARMINGTON — Construction is underway on a new Blake’s Lotaburger restaurant here, and the design of the building will differ from the company’s other locations across San Juan County.
The restaurant at 5210 E. Main St. is located just east of the Ashley Furniture HomeStore in the same plaza as the Olive Garden restaurant, according to Derrick Childers, the chief building inspector for the city of Farmington.
Lucy Rosen, director of marketing for Blake’s Lotaburger, said it was too early to set an opening date, but she projected it will open later this year or in early 2017.
There are 79 Blake's Lotaburger locations in New Mexico, Texas and Arizona. When finished, the East Main Street location will be the fifth location here. The company also has locations in Aztec and Bloomfield.
Rosen said the location is ideal because it’s a heavily trafficked area, and the company doesn’t have a location on the east side of Farmington.
“Farmington is one of our favorite places,” Rosen said.
The new restaurant design is similar to the new buildings constructed for the recently opened Chick-fil-A and Carl’s Jr. restaurants with a dining room featuring booths, and tables and chairs, according to design renderings provided by Blake's Lotaburger. The company has moved away from the building design of most Blake's Lotaburger locations in San Juan County that features a small lobby and indoor counter seating.
The construction plans submitted to the city of Farmington show the 2,987-square-foot building will have room for 45 people in the indoor dining area and outdoor seating for 25 people. A double drive-thru is included in the plans.
The new design model for the Blake’s Lotaburger restaurants evokes a more upscale look with the use of colored stucco and metal panels on the building’s exterior, according to Wilger Enterprises Vice President Scot McLelland. The Albuquerque-based company is the main contractor on the project.
McLelland said workers hope to finish the building before the end of January.
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