CROWN POINT | An early 2014 opening is expected for a Culver's restaurant being built at Summit Street and Broadway.
"The targeted open date is mid- to late-January," Culver's media spokesman 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 custard is going up at the center of an outlot 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 awnings.
In approving the development plan, the planning board granted Culver's a waiver from an architectural style 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 chain found Crown Point's family-oriented community attractive as a locale for one of its restaurants, Crown Point Mayor David Uran said earlier.
The chain operates more than 450 family-owned and -operated franchises across 20 states, according to the Culver's website.