Developer eyes borough for Popeyes restaurant

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NAUGATUCK — A developer wants to build a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurant on Rubber Avenue.

The Parikh Network, a large franchise group, is proposing to build a Popeyes, a fried chicken fast food restaurant, at 111 Rubber Ave.

The New Jersey-based group has applied for two special permits — one for excavation and the other for a restaurant with a drive-thru window — to the Zoning Commission.

The group plans to tear down the former John’s Restaurant at 111 Rubber Ave. and build a Popeyes with a drive-thru in its place, according to the applications. John’s Restaurant closed in late October.

The plan includes removing about 1,070 cubic yards of earth material from the roughly 0.4-acre site and redeveloping the parking lot.

The Zoning Commission accepted the applications Dec. 16. The commission referred the applications to the Planning Commission and set hearings on them for its Jan. 20 meeting at 6:10 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

The Parikh Network plans to buy the land and building from brothers Benny Lumani and Max Lumani, who owned and ran John’s Restaurant for more than 30 years.