Work is well underway on the new Culver’s restaurant off Dawsonville Highway/Ga. 53 and near Ahaluna Drive in Gainesville, with an opening set for mid-July.
A groundbreaking ceremony took place at the eatery at 1260 Dawsonville Highway on Monday, March 26. The new restaurant is between the Valero convenience store and North Lake Liquor.
“We are excited to become a part of the Gainesville community,” co-owners Mark and Dawn Dahl said in an invitation to the ceremony.
“It’s a really busy area,” Mark Dahl said in a phone interview later about the Culver’s location. “We’ve talked to some of the other folks who have restaurants or other stores on that strip, and they’re all glad they’re there. It’s a good spot.”
Wisconsin-based Culver’s, which serves hamburgers, chicken, soups, milkshakes and frozen custard, has several Georgia restaurants, including locations in Dawsonville and near the Mall of Georgia in Gwinnett County.
The restaurant gets its chicken from Fieldale Farms, and its cooking oil is produced by Cargill in Gainesville, Dahl said.
The restaurant is part of North Lake Square shopping center developed by Tim Knight.
“We are excited to bring Culver’s to Gainesville,” Knight said in a January interview. “This is a great concept, and it will be well-received like our other retailers.”
The 4,300-square-foot restaurant will feature a drive-thru and driveways leading to Ga. 53 and Ahaluna Drive, said Matt Tate, Gainesville planning manager.
That section of Gainesville is going through a development boom.
North Lake Square features several retail and restaurant sites. Pollo Tropical at the front of North Lake closed late last year.
“They will very likely release that space to another restaurant,” Knight said in December. “The Gainesville site is A+ real estate, so I would not expect it to be vacant for very long.”
The 94-room Holiday Inn Express across the road is set to open in the spring, the hotel chain has said.
And Danny’s Donuts opened its second Gainesville location in the Kohl’s-anchored shopping center off Dawsonville Highway in February.
Knight has said North Lake Square still has an available 1.82-acre site across from HomeGoods and Burlington stores.
“Most likely, it will end up as a low-parking retail use,” such as a furniture store, he said.