Dave & Buster’s and Cracker Barrel restaurants await final approval for Bakersfield locations


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – The empty dirt lot just west of the intersection of Oak and California may now look like a wasteland, but two years ago it was the site of a Logan’s Roadhouse restaurant. be something new, something different, and a sign of maybe better things to come in Bakersfield.

The lot, just off the Highway 99 northbound slip road, is the designated new home of a Cracker Barrel restaurant. And that bodes well, and not just for fans of the southern fried restaurant chain. It’s also an indicator that corporate boards across America are increasingly optimistic about the country’s re-emergence after the pandemic. And an indicator that when the re-emergence is fully realized, Bakersfield will be a place they want to be.

Cracker Barrel isn’t the only national channel heading this way. Dave & Buster’s, a restaurant and video game arcade, arrives at Valley Plaza shopping center in a location on Wible Road previously occupied by a tech school – another push for a mall, like malls everywhere, which deals with a retail world transformed by online shopping.

The Cracker Barrel’s Bakersfield souvenir shop / restaurant will be built where Logan’s Roadhouse was destroyed by fire in October 2020. The Bakersfield Cracker Barrel would be the 661st location owned by the Tennessee-based chain company, if it opens tomorrow.

A local Dave and Buster restaurant is said to be the Dallas-based chain’s 143rd location.

Neither Cracker Barrel nor Dave & Buster returned KGET’s calls, possibly because their architectural plans did not receive final approval from the City of Bakersfield. But the city’s planning department has confirmed that Cracker Barrel and Dave & Busters submitted initial plans several months ago, and this month the two resubmitted plans incorporating the changes required by the city. The opening dates of the two restaurants are not known.

Vince Roche of Cushman and Wakefield, a local commercial real estate company, said that, in general, the addition of large national retail chains is a positive sigh for the local economy.

“It’s a feather in our hat, so to speak, and an affirmation – an ongoing affirmation,” he said. “And there will be more to come, we’re sure. So we’re delighted when retailers choose to come here.

Roche said large national chains tend not to rush into action. They study individual markets and then study them further before committing. Thus, the imminent arrival of the two chains in Bakersfield probably means that many national chains of different types have an increasingly optimistic view of this market and its estimated 850,000 inhabitants.

As the United States gradually pulls out of this pandemic, hopefully good signs are on the horizon. Perhaps this is an example.

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