Walnut Bottom steakhouse

Construction work continues on a new steakhouse in the 900 block of Walnut Bottom Road in South Middleton Township.

Jeff Pratt, The Sentinel

The South Middleton Township Supervisors approved a revised plan on Thursday night for a steakhouse currently under construction on Walnut Bottom Road.

Developer Bob Brunner requested a waiver from the township for an addition to the original development plan for Keystone Steak and Seafood. The addition will be constructed at the rear of the building at a maximum size of 10 feet by 20 feet and will contain a freezer, cooler and dry storage area. The restaurant’s original plan didn’t provide enough room for these elements, officials said.

Township supervisors approved the plan waiver 4-1, with Rick Reighard voting against the proposal.

“When we voted to pass the first waiver for this, I voted against it. We were promised (by the developers) that they would stick to 100 percent of the plan footprint,” Reighard said. “I’m not going to vote for a waiver for this twice. They can come to us with a land development plan.”

In March, township supervisors approved an exterior “shell” plan for the new steakhouse, waiving the municipality’s requirement of a land development plan for the restaurant. At that time, developers proposed to build the facility with the same dimensions of a Bonanza steakhouse that formerly occupied the site. Supervisors approved an interior plan for the venue in June.

Supervisor Tom Faley, who voted in favor of Thursday’s waiver, said he believed that the change was “a reasonable request.”

“It seems to have no impact on the number of parking spaces (95) or impervious space,” Faley said.

Brunner reportedly aims to finish construction of the facility in late October or early November by McCoy Brothers Inc. general contractors, Faley said. Brunner plans to lease the property to an operational firm that will run the steakhouse.

In a related matter, property owner Gary Blacksmith told the board during the meeting’s public comment period that he would like to see the Keystone Steak and Seafood developer change the location of the facility’s dumpsters. Blacksmith’s property at 50 Alexander Spring Road, home to Day Star Learning Center and a cosmetology school, adjoins the steakhouse lot. Blacksmith complained that the steakhouse’s dumpsters are placed directly next to the front of his building.

“It’s unsightly to have dumpsters right at your front entrance,” Blacksmith said.

Township supervisors added a stipulation of relocating the dumpsters for the waiver approved for the steakhouse on Thursday.

Also on Thursday, Supervisor Duff Manweiler announced that the South Middleton Bubbler Foundation will host its second annual festival on Sept. 3 from noon to 6 p.m. at South Middleton Park. The family-oriented event will feature a Ducky Regatta, free ice cream from Goose Bros., and bluegrass music by the North Mountain Ramblers and Charm City Junction.

At 6:45 p.m., the Carlisle Town Band will perform prior to fireworks scheduled at dusk at the Boiling Springs High School Stadium.


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