PULLMAN — The co-founder of Culver’s will be in Pullman on Tuesday to break ground on one of the only sit-down restaurants to open in the neighborhood in decades.
Craig Culver will be joined by Ald. Anthony Beale (9th), franchise owner Baron Waller and others 10:30 a.m. Tuesday to kick off construction of the newest branch of the Wisconsin-based chain. The restaurant, to be built at 111th Street and Doty Avenue, is slated to open in the spring.
Culver’s is known for its butter burgers and frozen custard.
“For the Roseland and Pullman community, this is another huge feather in the cap of the community,” said Beale. “The community is rebounding and we’re moving forward with jobs and opportunities.”
Culver’s received a $250,000 grant through the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund to come to Pullman, records show.
The project is expected to create 60 full-time and part-time jobs.
“Culver’s is going to be the first of many because we do lack restaurants in the area, but with all the growth and opportunity that we have, I believe that other restaurants will see that there’s opportunity here,” Beale said.
Ciere Boatright, vice president of real estate and inclusion for Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, which has helped lure businesses to Pullman and Roseland, said community input is used when trying to bring in investment.
“Our focus has always been community, and we’re thinking about the jobs that are being created there,” Boatright said. “The community deserves diverse food options, and this is addressing that head-on while also creating jobs, so it’s a win-win.”
The groundbreaking is private due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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