A view of another 110 Grill restaurant. (Photograph by Ethan Gordon.)
An earlier version of this story misidentified the former Burger Chef at the Main Street site.
A new, 240-seat restaurant will soon replace a used car dealership near the Plaistow, N.H., border, expanding Haverhill’s northern restaurant row.
As part of the plan approved by the Haverhill License Commission late last week, Westford-based 110 Grill, will demolish two buildings at the site and build a 7,600-square-foot restaurant. The company plans to lease land at 1165-1175 Main St., near the corner of Main Street and Plaistow Road, from George Kalil Jr., who formerly operated a used car lot there.
“Opening is expected next spring,” attorney Kevin S. Eriksen told license commissioners, who approved all-alcoholic restaurant and entertainment licenses. Plans provided by the company show 102 seats in the restaurant’s bar area, 48 restaurant seats, 40 function room seats and a 50-seat patio area. Eriksen said the company plans to add a “green space” at the site. Construction financing documents provided show the group will spend at least $1.2 million.
It is the sixth 110 Grill, owned by developer Robert Walker and restaurateur Ryan Dion, to be constructed. The company also owns restaurants in Chelmsford, Berlin, Hopkinton and Wayland, Mass., and Nashua, N.H. It also plans to build restaurants in Rochester and Leominster, Eriksen said. The name comes from the restaurant’s first location on Route 110 in Chelmsford.
It won’t be the first time the site has been home to a restaurant. One of the buildings being demolished once housed a Burger Chef fast food branch. The area has been the focus of much construction activity with demolition and reconstruction of McDonald’s and renovations at Taco Bell and Mr. Mike’s restaurant.
In other business, license commissioners also ordered a 60-day suspension of alcohol sales at 7-Eleven, 503 River St., after determining the business employed an underage clerk and sold liquor to an underage woman during a Haverhill Police sting operation.
The business has already begun its 30-day penalty, while commissioners suspended the remaining time during a one-year probation. If the convenience store is found to have other liquor-related violations during the year ahead, it will be ordered to cease selling alcohol for the remaining 30 days plus be subject to additional penalties.