NORMAN — Several new restaurants, including four within about a mile of each other, are opening up soon in Norman.
Some of the names are familiar, some aren’t.
Driving along 12th Avenue SE — where three are under way within a stone’s throw of one another at the Alameda Street intersection — it’s hard to miss all the new eateries under construction.
According to the City of Norman’s planning division, the following restaurants have filed for permits and are expected to open in the coming weeks and months:
· Jimmy’s Egg, 2539 W. Main St., is opening soon in the space previously occupied by Denny’s.
Founded 30 years ago in Oklahoma City, Jimmy’s Egg now has 17 locations in Oklahoma, four in Kansas and one in Houston. The nearest location is in Moore.
The restaurant is known for staying open for breakfast and lunch, typically from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
· The International House of Pancakes, 1049 12th Ave. NE, is still in the early stages of construction just south of the Robinson Street intersection.
IHOP, founded in 1958 in Los Angeles, has about 1,500 locations in every state in the U.S., including one in Norman at 840 Ed Noble Parkway.
IHOP is known for being open 24 hours a day and specializes in breakfast dishes.
· KFC, aka Kentucky Fried Chicken, 1201 Alameda St., is reopening soon, with outside construction nearly complete.
KFC recently closed its 12th Avenue NE location to rebuild the store using a more modern architectural design.
Another KFC is located west of the University of Oklahoma campus at 1801 W. Lindsey St.
KFC has more than 5,200 locations in the U.S. and another 15,000 or so sprinkled throughout the rest of the world.
· Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, 115 12th Ave. SE, is nearly finished at the Alameda Street intersection, as well.
Dickey’s, founded in 1941 in Dallas, has more than 170 locations across the U.S. and specializes in, well, barbecue.
Dickey’s also has a location coming soon to Moore, according to its website.
· Slim Chickens, 353 Interstate Drive, will be opening up soon in the old J.R.’s Family Bar-B-Q — which used to be the old Krispy Kreme, too.
Slim Chickens currently has two stores in Oklahoma, including one in Norman, 2627 Classen Blvd., and another in Oklahoma City. The rest of the locations are in Arkansas.
Although they specialize in chicken tenders and wings, Slim Chickens also serves wraps, salads and burgers.
· Pisa by the Slice, 731 W. Main St., will open up soon in the old Carl’s Jr. near Norman High School.
Serving pizza by the slice, among other things, Pisa by the Slice started out in a small space attached to a gas station at the 12th Avenue NE and Robinson Street intersection.
In addition to typical fare, Pisa by the Slice offers more gourmet-styled pizza for those with a more sophisticated palate.
· Whataburger, exact address unknown at this point, will be moving into a space in what used to be the Marc Heitz Chevrolet dealership on Main Street.
With 20 locations in Oklahoma, including one in Moore, Whataburger boasts more than 700 locations in 10 states. Most of its locations are in Texas, where the company was founded in 1950.
Known primarily for its burgers, Whataburger also sells chicken sandwiches and baskets.
Staff at the city’s planning division couldn’t give an exact address for the new Whataburger because the restaurant is still in the planning stages.
· Panda Garden, 1000 Alameda St., is opening soon, the third restaurant currently under way at the 12th Avenue SE intersection.
Panda Garden has another location in west Norman at 3720 W. Robinson St.
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