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.

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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