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‘Williamsburg’ exemption for Culver’s

Updated: September 17, 2013 2:03PM



CROWN POINT — On Aug. 9 the Crown Point Plan Commission unanimously gave its approval to the site development plan for the new Culver’s restaurant to be brought into the Crown Village subdivision at Summit and Broadway.

This was despite the fact that the building does not meet the “Williamsburg” style required of other developments.

The design does include river stone and masonry, but not the same kind as has been required in the past. The stone is stacked fieldstone that in a stretch could have come from the Williamsburg era, but there is no brick at all, let alone red brick. It does have block style pillars, with square keystones, not the traditional angled keystone.

It will be the new business on Summit Street. It is not listed as a fast food restaurant, as Councilman Bill Feder, D at-large, was informed. It does meet the requirement to have a larger eating area than cooking area as designated in the city ordinance on fast food restaurants, according to Christopher Meyers, city planner. It is coming in as an eating and drinking establishment that does not serve alcohol, not as a fast food restaurant.

This is a 1.3-acre site facing Summit Street in the shopping center that will now have three restaurants. This will be the only one without a liquor license, and they don’t want one. Culver’s will have 102 seats inside the restaurant and a drive-through.

Diners order and pay for their food at the counter, then the food is delivered to their table. Food is served in baskets to those eating in the restaurant. For take-out and drive through sandwiches are wrapped in paper.

Attorney Tim Kuiper told the commissioners that his client was not asking for any variances. “All requirements have been satisfied,” he said.

When franchisee John Terpstra addressed the commissioners, he said, “Mayor Dave Uran met Mr. Tom Goldsmith from Culver’s in Las Vegas at the shopping center convention. The mayor had told Mr. Goldsmith that his restaurant would be a great fit for Crown Point.”

According to Terpstra, Goldsmith talked to Culver’s CEO and they decided to call Fred Terpstra, John’s father, who has other Culver’s franchises. The Crown Point restaurant will look like the one he has at Ridge Road and Cline in Highland, and not like the older one on Mississippi in Merrillville.



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