2017-07-13 / Business

In Westlake, new Carl’s Jr. to replace old

By Kyle Jorrey

CARL III COMING—Only a pile of rubble remains after construction crews demolished the Carl’s Jr. at Westlake Boulevard and Townsgate Road last week. The restaurant first opened in 1975. KYLE JORREY/Acorn Newspapers CARL III COMING—Only a pile of rubble remains after construction crews demolished the Carl’s Jr. at Westlake Boulevard and Townsgate Road last week. The restaurant first opened in 1975. KYLE JORREY/Acorn Newspapers After 40 years on the corner of Westlake Boulevard and Townsgate Road, Carl’s Jr. was demolished last week as part of a planned remodel.

A new Carl’s Jr.—this one with a double-drive-thru—will be constructed in its place, said senior city planner Matt Chang, who handled the project’s permits.

“It’s going to be the same restaurant, just with a different look—and a drive-thru,” Chang said.

Prior to approving the new building, city staff concluded the addition of a drive-thru would not have a significant impact on traffic flow in the busy area. Drivers will enter on Wild Rose Court and may exit via Townsgate Road or Wild Rose. The drive-thru lanes will have room for 10 cars, helping to prevent spillover, Chang said.

A representative for Carl’s Jr., which leases the building, said the fast-food chain first opened in Westlake in 1975.

He said the new building will be much nicer and keep a design unique to Westlake.

“It won’t look the same as any Carl’s Jr. in Los Angeles or Orange County or San Diego,” he said.

The rep said the company is in the process of adding drive-thrus to any existing Carl’s locations that don’t have them.

“People demand drive-thrus,” he said.

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