Saturday, February 22, 2003

Golden Corral adding Westwood restaurant

By Angela T. Koenig
Enquirer contributor

Businesses have come and gone along Parkcrest Lane in Westwood. The newest arrival plans to stick around for a while.

A Golden Corral restaurant, part of a national chain, is under construction there. It will be the 21st store to open in the Frisch's Restaurant Inc. franchise, which includes Greater Cincinnati, Dayton, Akron, Canton and Cleveland in Ohio, and Louisville.

"Westwood is the only market we weren't in yet in the Greater Cincinnati area," said Frisch's spokeswoman Karen Maier.

The 10,000-square-foot store, she said, will seat 378 patrons and employ about 150 people. It is scheduled to open in July.

Maier said no marketing study was used to determine a need here, but customer comments at other locations such as Colerain Avenue and Ridge Road indicated Western Hills would be a good fit.

The new location - between Glenway and Robb avenues - has seen turnover in recent years, but Maier and at least one local community leader, Mike Brestel, vice president of the Westwood Civic Association, are confident the restaurant will change that trend.

"We think it's great. I think it will be a very popular restaurant on the west side because it will be well advertised as a destination," Brestel said.

"It's been hard for businesses to stay open there," he said. "They don't get much traffic on that street and people don't know that they are there."

Maier said the company plans eventually to have 41 stores in the franchise. The chain currently has eight Greater Cincinnati locations.

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