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Quaker Steak and Lube’s Final Design Plans OK’d

After some tweaking, the city’s architectural board of review gives the green light to the plans.

The plans for are moving forward at the Drug Mart Plaza on Detroit Avenue.

That news comes after the architectural board of review meeting approved the final design plans last week.

The Pennsylvania-based restaurant chain agreed to change some of its plans, including altering the signs, usually typical for a Quaker Steak and Lube.

But this “concept store” is anything but typical.

At 6,600 square feet, this Quaker Steak and Lube is much smaller — and in more of an urban setting — than others across the county.

Taking the board recommendations into consideration, Quaker Steak will use a large vintage photograph of the Lakewood on the side of the building.

The restaurant agreed to remove the border neon that followed the line of the roof. The company also agreed to reduce the size of the writing on the awnings.

There was some talk about switching the sign in the front with the sign in the back of the building, but those plans were left alone.

Representatives from Quaker Steak have said that the company would like to begin construction as soon as possible, perhaps by July.

The proposed restaurant is of a renovated on Detroit Avenue.

Last month, the Lakewood Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit for a 50-seat outdoor, brickyard patio. The commission also approved a second conditional use permit to keep the business open later than originally planned. 

According to the plans, a “brickyard,” outdoor patio — located on the Detroit Avenue side of the building — will have an outdoor bar area connected to the indoor bar. 

Quaker Steak and Lube officials said the restaurant, based in Sharon, PA, would be open “seven days a week, 365 days a year.”

Last summer, Quaker Steak and Lube signed its lease to open in the renovated Drug Mart Plaza. However, after and , Radio Shack is the only other remaining tenant. 

The city’s architectural board of review in January.

Evan Hammersmith April 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM
not to be a downer, but will a QS&Lube work in Lakewood? Overpriced bar food in a town overflowing with places with cheaper (and better) wings and fries? Maybe I'm missing something. Seems this might do better in Rocky River or Parma. Hope it works out though. They're spending some $$ to overhaul the plaza. No argument from me on that.
Steve April 16, 2012 at 04:38 PM
normally I try to agree with you, but not this time. We all know that another bar and bar food is greatly needed here in Lakewood, along with the lower wage jobs. Don't kick them to the curb before they even open.
Evan Hammersmith April 16, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Steve, I hope I'm wrong. I'm sure the outdoor patio will be attractive since there's not enough of those in Lakewood. QSL in other locations is kid friendly, and that can't hurt them any. In terms of food quality, I dont think they stack up against Winking Lizard or Rush, or a number of other bar favorites, but perhaps the gimmicky car theme will be fun to the masses. While Chains tend to be durable, we know the fate of IHOP. Like I said, I hope I'm wrong and they do well...
lakerockbay April 16, 2012 at 07:51 PM
merry arts,rush,around the corner,winking lizard,all good wing bar food,hopefully competition will help us the consumer!would hate to see any of these establishments close!what suprises me is how we can't get a fried chicken resturant other than kfc,what about local mr.chicken,or chick-fil-a,or even popeyes.
Evan Hammersmith April 16, 2012 at 08:32 PM
If not fried chicken, we could use a REAL southern bbq place.
lakerockbay April 16, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Something local like Bubbas-Bar-B-Q,B&MS Barbecue,Hot Sauce Williams Barbecue!
Quaker Steak & Lube - Lakewood, OH April 17, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Hi Evan, Thanks for the feedback. We would like to reach out to your personally. Would you mind sending your contact information to mduniec@thelube.com. Thanks, QS&L Lakewood Team
cleTown April 17, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Lakewood is the town of local business! Only bummer is that QSL is just another corporate chain restaurant.
Tim Torrence April 17, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I'll be waiting for all the "This is going to cause traffic congestion" comments. Or the obligatory "Not next to my house" comments.
Michael Rice April 20, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I completely agree with you about Lakewood being a town of local businesses and that's one of the reasons I choose to live here. However, I like the buildout design of this dilapidated building. The Drug Mart is in need a major overhaul and I also believe this corporate chain is much different thant others. They aren't located in every city and will draw people in from Westpark, Rocky River, Westlake, and Bay Village to name a few. I love the thought of having them spend their money in our city too.

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