It’s still early in the process, but Slim Chickens is looking to build a new restaurant to serve west Fayetteville residents.
The restaurant owners were recently given the green light from the Fayetteville Planning Commission and Fayetteville City Council to move forward with plans for a new Slim Chickens restaurant on Wedington Drive in an undeveloped lot across from Neighborhood Market.
The owners requested changes to an existing planned zoning district that covers 152 acres north of Wedington Drive and east of Rupple Road. The district is home to The Links apartment complex and several undeveloped planning areas where single-family homes and commercial businesses are proposed.
The area was already zoned to allow for a restaurant, but not for one with a drive-thru window.
The new Slim Chickens restaurant would be located at the corner of Wedington and Golf Club drives, next to Cross Church at the main entrance to The Links.
Both the Planning Commission and City Council voted unanimously to approve the request, which also called for a slight modification to the architectural design standards as related to the minimum requirements for brick and painted brick.
“We’re excited to be a part of the new developing Wedington Corridor,” said Tom Gordon, Slim Chickens president, during a council meeting last week.
The company, which opened its first restaurant in 2003 at 2120 N. College Ave. in Fayetteville, now includes 11 locations in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.
The restaurant would be the fourth for Slim Chickens in Fayetteville, which also has locations on Joyce Boulevard and inside Founders Hall on the University of Arkansas campus.
The company has two more restaurants currently under construction – one in Hot Springs and another in Little Rock.