Citrus County is on its way to Glory.
To be exact, Glory Days Grill — a restaurant chain that has set its sights on the southwest corner of County Roads 491 and 486 in Lecanto. It has requested from the county a site development permit for a 6,045-square-foot restaurant and 9,835 square feet of shops
That intersection is growing in chains. Wawa recently joined a plethora of chains there, including Walmart, McDonald’s and Wendy’s.
Glory Days is a sports-themed family restaurant — plenty of TVs for game-watching and a laid-back ambience. Tables and booths have individual volume-controlled speakers and many sites have private banquet facilities and catering.
Diners can order a variety of appetizers, sandwiches and entrees, including nachos, quesadillas, wings, fish, burgers, chicken, steaks, ribs and salads. There’s also craft beer and wine.
The chain has 38 locations in five states. The name originates from the concept of the "glory days" or "good ol' days" of sports and famous moments in sports history.
A site permit precedes the submission of building plans to the county.
Joanna Coutu, director of the Citrus County land development division, said Glory Days Grill also requested an amendment to its development agreement on the site, allowing it flexibility in creating outparcels. The PDC recommended approval of that agreement and county commissioners are scheduled to review it at their April 28 meeting.
A Glory Days Grill spokesperson did not return calls to the Chronicle about further plans for the Lecanto location.
"For the last 20 or so years, that intersection has been identified as one of the highest and best uses in the county," said Josh Wooten, president/CEO of the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce. "With the widening of 486 and now 491, it has become very attractive."
Wooten said the site is within a few miles of several prominent subdivisions with a good road network and other infrastructure.
For information about Glory Days Grill, visit https://www.glorydaysgrill.com.