A regional/national restaurant chain could soon be building on this long-vacant site at Richmond & Abrams.

A regional/national restaurant chain could soon be building on this long-vacant site at Richmond & Abrams.

About all we don’t know is exactly which regional/national restaurant chain could be building at the long-vacant former site of Mustang Auto at the northwest corner of Abrams and Richmond. But we can tell you that within the next few weeks, the future restaurant’s identity will be announced — so let the guessing begin.

Steve Brown with the DMN gets us off to a good start with his blog post today. He’s kind of betting on Chipotle, primarily because the site plan filed with the City of Dallas by the Ohio-based Red Architecture + Planning indicates a slightly-larger-than 2,000-square-foot building with 21 parking spaces (by my count) and a building pushed up against the property’s southeast corner and a bit of a patio in the rear.

Since the building doesn’t have a drive-thru, that seems to knock out some of the architect’s other clients, which include Burger King and Arby’s. Some tantalizing possibilities, in addition to Chipotle and based on client-gazing on the architect’s website, include sweetgreen (a quick-serve salad place), Piada Italian Street Food (it’s what the name suggests), and roti Mediterranean Grill (I’ve eaten at one of these; it’s a fast-food Mediterranean place that’s pretty good).

All three of these chains are exclusively on the East Coast right now, though, and it would be a stretch (not impossible but a stretch) to think their first foray west would be here in Lakewood.

Of course, this speculation is all based on reading the tea leaves on the architect’s website, and that’s really little more than an educated guess. But that’s what you’re paying me to do, right?

In talking with one neighborhood resident who knows exactly what’s coming, but is bound by his agreement with the operators not to reveal that information, here’s what he told me: “All I can say is that I think the neighborhood will really like what is going to be there.”

So let the speculation begin.

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