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Ohataburger will officially open in Lebanon on Monday, becoming the third installment of the popular Texas franchise in the Nashville area.

According to a statement from Ana Flores, senior account manager for marketing agency Hahn, drive-thru will be open, but it will still be at least a few weeks before dine-in service becomes available.

The restaurant, located at 630 South Cumberland Street, will officially begin serving customers at 11 a.m. Monday.

The three current sites in the Nashville area are owned by the company. Kimberly Moss is the operating partner of Lebanon restaurant.

“We work hard to train our dedicated team of family members to deliver our expansive menu of bold flavors, cooked to order, fresh and hot, with an extraordinary side of hospitality,” said Moss. “We look forward to offering our friends in the Lebanese community a chance to enjoy the great Whataburger experience right now from the most convenient place around – their vehicle.”

Following the availability of full service, Whataburger will be celebrating its grand opening by welcoming guests inside.

The restaurant’s aesthetic pays homage to Whataburger’s history while implementing modern features, such as a state-of-the-art kitchen. The dining area will be open plan and the drive-thru will have dual lanes. Interior details include custom murals honoring landmarks in Lebanon’s hometown.

The Lebanon site opening is the third in a series of planned Whataburgers in central Tennessee. There will be a second Whataburger opening in Lebanon later this year on Highway 109. A Whataburger in Mt. Juliet is also expected to open early next year.

It also comes on the heels of a Whataburger that recently opened in Gallatin.

Kim Baker, general manager of the Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce, said she attended the opening day of the Gallatin Whataburger.

“We were really impressed with Whataburger’s traffic plan,” Baker said. “Our local officials in Gallatin and the police department have worked well with them. They had a concrete traffic plan that got people in and out.

According to Baker, the plan has reduced customer wait times.

“The wait time in the drive-thru that day from when you walked in and out with food was only about 20 minutes,” Baker said.

The CEO described the relationship with the restaurant as fluid and positive.

“We were really impressed with them,” Baker said. “Our chamber enjoyed working with them to bring it together. The restaurant was well received and the staff were great, knowledgeable and super friendly.

Courtney Vick is the Field Marketing Coordinator at Whataburger. She helps orchestrate groundbreaking ceremonies and ribbon cuttings for stores in Tennessee and northern Mississippi.

“What we try to do is have celebratory openings in the community,” Vick said. “We try to make it feel like a celebration or a party. Talking to our operations folks, Gallatin was a near-record opening. We had heavy traffic all day.

Vick also grew up in Lebanon.

“It’s great to be able to bring something you’ve invested in to where you call home,” Vick said.

Lebanon’s director of economic development, Sarah Haston, said in a phone call Thursday that a local connection had proven successful in attracting the Texas-based franchise.

“The site selector is a resident of Lebanon,” Haston said. “We worked with them to secure this place.”

This relationship turned out to be even more fortuitous.

“Since we developed a relationship with their site selector, we connected them with developer Publix (Hwy 109),” Haston said. ” It was magical. Next thing you know, we’ll have two.

The March 2020 tornado damaged a shopping mall on the site where Whataburger now stands.

“We’re happy to see new developments there,” Haston said.

Whataburger’s unveiling follows a string of recent new restaurant openings in Lebanon. A McAlister’s Deli opened on South Cumberland Street last month. The city also announced plans for Highway 109 include a Zaxby’s.

While some restaurants are starting from scratch, others, like McAlister’s Deli, have reinvented old eateries. The building in which McCalister’s Deli is located was once an Applebee’s Grill and Bar.

“I was very proud of his openness,” Haston said. “Before we announced McAlister’s arrival, I couldn’t even walk my dog ​​without people coming up to me asking what was going on in the old Applebee.”

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