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LOOK: Quaker Steak and Lube Opens in Lakewood

As many as 700 attended the grand opening of the restaurant in the eastern portion of the renovated Lakewood Plaza.

That was quick.

Construction of the new in Lakewood Plaza .

And on Monday night, the Pennsylvania-based chain opened the doors to its 50th restaurant in the country, on Detroit Avenue.

The cars and motorcycles are all hung from the ceiling with care; the sports memorabilia on the walls; and the kitchen loaded with wings.

As many as 700 people attended the grand opening private party on Monday.

Tony Pepe, the restaurant's general manager who started with the company just as construction began, said the process has gone smoothly.

"They worked around the clock to get this open," he said. "This has been amazing."

Pepe, who lives around the corner from the new business, said the restaurant will be active in the community — sponsoring sports teams and hosting fundraisers for local charities.

"Everything we do is going to be about Lakewood," he said. 

The restaurant — perhaps best-known for its wings — is a smaller version than most of its locations.

But this “concept store” is anything but typical.

At 6,600 square feet, this Quaker Steak and Lube is much smaller than most of the others across the country. 

"This is our first urban location in the country," said David Miller, the company's vice president of operations, who had been staying in the area while work on the restaurant wraps up. "We could have done a bigger (restaurant), but we think this will fit the neighborhood very well."

JC August 14, 2012 at 12:28 PM
UGH. There goes the neighborhood. What a freaking eyesore.
Michael Ciccarello August 14, 2012 at 12:42 PM
"...said David Miller, the company's vice president of operations, who had been staying in the area while work on the restaurant wraps up. "We could have done a bigger (restaurant), but we think this will fit the neighborhood very well." Yo, Drug Mart officials, any idea what this guy is talking about? Thought not.
The original Bill August 14, 2012 at 12:52 PM
You can always move. The neighborhood will be a better place without you living here.
The original Bill August 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Are you insinuating that Drug Mart should be smaller?
Michael Ciccarello August 14, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Not insinuating, clearly stating that Drug Mart should have "fit" in the existing neighborhood without acquiring residential property and demolishing a residential structure (apartment building) to expand the commercial footprint. EASILY could have been done, but the willingness to consider alternatives (as area residents pleaded) was not present in the minds Drug Mart or City officials to make it so.
The original Bill August 14, 2012 at 02:16 PM
You may not realize it but existing Lakewood code allows for commercial encroachment of one parcel from Detroit, Madison or any other street zoned commercial. Had DDM not originally wanted to also tear down the house at 1425 Grace they wouldn't have needed any approval from the city for the project with the exception of design. DDM has bent over backward to appease everybody with the new plan. They are spending a ton of money to demolish an eyesore and create a nice shopping experience. Deal with it.
Michael Ciccarello August 14, 2012 at 02:57 PM
You may want to check your facts Bill, a "Conditional Use" variance is/was required before DDM could proceed with the project (several hearings held to review and approve). Next, the eyesore is Ganley, not the apartment building (a well planned "Gateway" separating the commercial and residential neighborhood (matching apartment building on the West side of Grace). Three, DDM could have saved funds, or applied them toward underground storage tank removal and possibly saved some of the "ton of money" they are spending. Fourth, DDM hardly "bent over backward to appease". They had their original plan, and if you look from beginning to end regarding the ultimate (commercial) PROJECT FOOTPRINT that was approved by the city, there is little difference. Lastly Bill, we are dealing with the approved DDM plan, and for that matter, accepting both DDM and Family Dollar, between Grace and Clarence. We made our concerns known and the end is what it is. But hey, thanks for your encouraging words.
Michael Ciccarello August 14, 2012 at 03:01 PM
PS Bill, I can't wait for my "nice shopping experience" as I meander through the aisles of Discount Drug Mart and Family Dollar...it doesn't get any better than that Bill!
Michael Ciccarello August 14, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Lastly, to all readers, I apologize for getting off point and detracting from the Quaker Steak and Lube article.
xv August 14, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Bill perhaps you should get educated about what you write.
xv August 14, 2012 at 06:27 PM
jc really UGH. do you ever have a positive comment? They took over two empty store fronts refaced the front and back of the building and completely rehabbed the interior, hired a bunch of people. If you don't like their food you don't have to eat there. We can only hope that Drug Mart at the other end will even come close to the quality of the Quaker Steak and Lube effort. At the rate of progress on the Drug Mart store, or lack of, as they continue to drag their feet it only impacts the business around them.
Masek August 14, 2012 at 06:38 PM
I think they did a fantastic job with the restaurant, both inside and out. I cannot wait for the rest of the plaza to be remodeled as well.
The original Bill August 14, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Actually Peter it is you who needs to be educated about it. My Councilperson Mary Louise Madigan informed me about the Lakewood City Code I cited.
xv August 14, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Bill perhaps you should have your ears checked. But an easier way for you to get educated would be simply take a look at the Planning Commision docket agenda on the LKW city web site. You can then confirm what Michael also pointed out to you. Drug Mart had to get approval for the following 1) conditional use for the residential parcel at 1420 Cohassett 2) conditional use for for the 1419 Grace Apt. Building parcel. 3) lot split and consolidation of the 1425 Grace and 1419 Grace, and third small residential parcels. 4) drive thru approval. 5) lot consolidation for the three commercial parcels. All the residential zoned properties will always be zoned residential. In fact if the propery changes hand the new owner will have to reapply for conditional use permit again.
xv August 14, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Some of us may have actually been involved at all the meetings for the last 4 months.
Jesse August 15, 2012 at 07:31 PM
If we listenedd to all the naysayers against commercial development in this town, Lakewood would be a collection of empty lots and weeds, populated by raccoons wild dogs and hippies living in tents. Get a life people. This is a good business filling an empty slot in a shopping center that is being completely renovated. If they take customers from Merry Arts or Pacer's so be it. Then those places will have to step up their game. QSL wasn't always a regional chain. It started with one location in Sharon, PA. I personally talked to Dan Deegan at the opening and I know he has no concerns because his food is on another level.

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