Chilis

A Chili's restaurant neon sign stands lit in El Paso, Texas. The chain has filed documents to open at the site of the former O'Charley's restaurant. AP file

Chili’s Bar & Grill will move into the space of the former O’Charley’s restaurant.

Project manager Dane Kachel with Jerry Kachel Builders said his company will demolish the current building at 4301 Ambassador Caffery Parkway in the River Marketplace shopping center and build a 5,741-square-feet building that will take around 140 days to complete. The restaurant has a pending opening date of May 4, he said.

Brinker International, parent company of Chili’s, obtained a new construction permit Tuesday with the city of Lafayette for a $2,081,307, online records show.

That came after Brinker Louisiana signed a land lease in June with property owner San Francisco-based RB River IV LLC for 10 years with four five-year renewal options attached for property at that same address, according to documents filed in the Lafayette Parish Clerk of Court’s office.

According to a spokesperson with Stirling Properties, which represented the landowner in the deal, Chili's will relocate one of its restaurants there but did not specify which one. Chili’s has three locations in Lafayette, including one nearby at 3905 Ambassador Caffery Parkway.

Efforts to reach officials with Brinker were unsuccessful.  

O’Charley’s abruptly closed in March 2017, according to published reports. It had been at that location for several years.

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