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Cracker Barrel in Tualatin receives conditional approval

Restaurant would be located at Nyberg Rivers shopping center.


COURTESY OF THE CITY OF TUALATIN - A rendering of what a Cracker Barrel location in Tualatin could look like was included in the restaurant's application to the city's Community Development Department.Tualatin city planners have approved plans submitted by the Tennessee-based restaurant chain Cracker Barrel Old Country Store to build an eatery at the Nyberg Rivers shopping center, which would be Cracker Barrel's first restaurant on the West Coast.

The Community Development Department issued its conditional approval of the plans on March 22. That approval is expected to become final as of the close of business Wednesday, unless an appeal is filed before then.

“We've already sat down and talked with them about the decision, so they're fully aware of all the conditions and they're able to comply with it,” said Aquilla Hurd-Ravich, Tualatin's planning manager.

Cracker Barrel did not respond to a request for comment this week, but a spokeswoman told The Times in February that the company was optimistic about Tualatin becoming its first West Coast location.

“We definitely are interested in the area, and we're excited to come to the area,” Janella Escobar said at the time.

She added, “Based on what I see, I'm fairly confident that Tualatin will be our first West Coast location.”

Cracker Barrel is proposing to build a 10,112-square-foot restaurant and porch that “will tie into existing infrastructure” at Nyberg Rivers, according to the architectural review published by the city of Tualatin. The restaurant would be located at the eastern edge of the shopping center, close to Red Robin Gourmet Burgers.

Most of the conditions included in the approval are items requiring Cracker Barrel to include building and landscaping features to conform with the look of the shopping center and screen less desirable visual elements, such as a transformer and trash enclosure, with plantings.

“The next step for them is to submit building permits, and typically, applicants don't do that until the appeal period has passed,” Hurd-Ravich said.

Cracker Barrel has also received approval to build a restaurant in nearby Beaverton. That location would be along Southwest Canyon Road at Highway 217.

COURTESY OF THE CITY OF TUALATIN - Cracker Barrel Old Country Store would be located along Interstate 5 at the Nyberg Rivers shopping center, according to planning documents submitted to and conditionally approved by the city of Tualatin.


By Mark Miller
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