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A franchisee company that plans to build a Cheddar’s Casual Café in Elizabethtown bought land for the restaurant near Kohl’s late last week.
Lee Greer, president of Lexington-based Greer Companies, said he expects the restaurant to open by late May.
With a variety of offerings, including salads, steaks and sandwiches — Cheddar’s is one of two restaurants whose owners mentioned the Fort Knox realignment as a benefit of locating in Hardin County. The other, Colton’s Steak House & Grill, is expected to open in Radcliff around the same time as Cheddar’s starts serving.
Greer said his company considered the work force increase at the nearby Army post when deciding to locate here.
Situated on the north side of Elizabethtown, the restaurant will be accessible for diners traveling from the Army post and Radcliff.
Cheddar’s, which will provide up to 175 jobs, will locate near a Frisch’s Big Boy that opened in October.
“It’s a great town,” Greer said.
His company has established 22 Cheddar’s restaurants, and it manages hotel franchises.
The first Cheddar’s opened 31 years ago in Arlington, Texas.
“We’re especially proud of our menu, including homemade favorites that are still prepared the same way, in-house and from scratch,” according to the restaurant’s website.
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