Culver's targets early February opening for restaurant in Crown Point

2014-01-01T20:15:00Z 2014-01-01T20:54:07Z Culver's targets early February opening for restaurant in Crown PointSusan Erler susan.erler@nwi.com, (219) 662-5336 nwitimes.com
January 01, 2014 8:15 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | An early February opening is targeted for a Culver's restaurant being built at Summit Street and Broadway, a company spokesman said.

Hopes are for Culver's founder Craig Culver to attend a grand-opening celebration of the restaurant, Paul Pitas said.

Construction of the 4,200-square-foot dining establishment got underway in September at the northwest corner of the intersection.

The chain known for its signature burgers and frozen custards is going up at the center of an out lot in the Crown Village commercial center. Parking for 67 is planned.

A site development plan for the eatery won Plan Commission approval in September.

The building design calls for the use of natural materials including a buff-colored masonry exterior with columns and Culver's traditional blue awning.

In approving the development plan, the the planning board granted Culver's a waiver from an architectural style required along Broadway that typically calls for the use of red brick.

The Crown Point location is being developed by Fred Terpstra, who also owns Culver's restaurants in Highland and Merrillville.

The Culver's franchise grew from founder Craig Culver's 1984 idea to open a restaurant combining a love for his mom's homemade hamburgers and a favorite childhood treat: frozen custard, according to the company's website.

The chain operates more than 450 family-owned and -operated franchises across 20 states, according to the website.

The Culver's chain found Crown Point's family-oriented community attractive as a locale for one of its restaurants, Crown Point Mayor David Uran said earlier.

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