Cook-Out Plans for Restaurant in Lexington

Plans for the fast-food chain to build a new restaurant in Lexington have been submitted to the town's planning department.

Cook-Out, a fast-food chain based in North Carolina, may be coming to West Main Street in Lexington. 

The company submitted plans to the Town of Lexington to build a restaurant on a piece of property in the 500 block of West Main Street, where an old Taco Bell building sits. The planning department has not approved the plans yet because they are waiting on additional paperwork to be submitted. 

A sold sign went up in recent weeks at the property, which sits between the former Blockbuster and the Lexington County government annex building. It has been empty for about two years since Taco Bell moved to its new location down the street. 

If Cook-Out opens in Lexington, it would be the fourth location in the Columbia area. The chain has a total of 19 restaurants in South Carolina.

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Jennifer Thompson April 10, 2013 at 12:25 PM
Do we really need another burger joint? We've got a Five Guys already. Why doesn't Lex try to get more upscale restaurants with a little more diversity? When I say "upscale," I mean a building that doesn't have a drive-thru window or counter service.
Robin April 10, 2013 at 01:05 PM
Within two blocks of the proposed Cook-out we have McDonalds, Rush's, Hardee's, Sonic, a little further down is Wendy's. I love all the choices this gives me and maybe Lexington needs "something" different but I will welcome any new business in the Taco Bell building. Hate to see it falling apart, sitting empty for so long.
Scott April 10, 2013 at 01:58 PM
If you've ever eaten at a Cook-out, you know that none of the other burger joints in the area compare to it, not even Rush's.
Tiffany Griffin April 10, 2013 at 02:51 PM
Woohoo! Love Cook-out! Great Christian Atmosphere, Delicious Food and awesome prices!
KerryAnn Ratzlaff April 10, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Olive Garden pls!!!
Karen L WIlliams April 10, 2013 at 04:49 PM
I agree Tiffany Griffin. We had cook outs in Va and I personally hate driving to Columbia for anything. Glad to seem trying to come to Lexington.
Karen L WIlliams April 10, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Sorry ... Glad to see them trying to come to Lexington.
Brian April 10, 2013 at 05:11 PM
While, I agree with you and would love to see something like Olive Garden, Outback etc come to Lexington. I am glad about Cook-Out. They rock and are better than 5 Guys.
Brian April 10, 2013 at 05:11 PM
You've got that right, Scott!
Arthur Takahashi April 10, 2013 at 05:56 PM
Can't wait to eat there.
Stephanie j April 10, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Cook out is amazing, I love rushes burgers and chicken but everything else cookout does better! Don't knock it until u try it! Absolutely love it, I also love the idea of the olive garden I know at one time they were talking about putting one in Lexington but haven't heard anything since then :/
Dana Bagwell April 10, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Welcome Cookout! Bifg Fan—LOVE! They have things to other fast food places don't have. Very glad to see them arrive in Ltown. Dana
Jon M April 10, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Because Lexington is built around the intersection of 2 major highways. The town screwed itself over by building strip mall after strip mall after strip mall. *Cough* 378 *Cough* Want to eat fine dining? Go to Columbia. Want to eat fast food while walking between stores? Go to Lexington.
Tiffany Barkley (Editor) April 10, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Thanks for the comments everyone! I had someone comment on Facebook that she would like to see the old Blockbuster building, the old Taco Bell building and the car wash behind them torn down and replaced with a nicer restaurant. What do you think about that? Would you rather see the whole area repurposed? What would you want to go there?
Sylvia Backman April 10, 2013 at 08:05 PM
It will be great to have a nice steak restaurant fine dining (Kermits) beside Craig Reagin Clothiers. A Red Lobster would be outstanding. Sylvia
B April 11, 2013 at 01:34 AM
Upscale restaurants will come if they see a demand. If there is a demand they will come..............and right now it looks like only fast food joints see that demand.
Kevin Oliver April 11, 2013 at 12:21 PM
We already have a nice fine dining steak restaurant, it's called Lexington Arms. I'd much rather see more local concepts than bland TV-advertised chains like Olive Garden or Red Lobster. Have you eaten at any local places? Try Travinia, Al-Amir, Mediterranean Tea Room, the new brewpub in the Old Mill, even Harbor Inn Seafood (though they're kind of a chain, they deliver tons of food on the plate, and it's good if you like fried seafood). There's the Flight Deck, good family fare and a fun decor. Got nothing against Cook-Out, btw, I hear their burgers are pretty good. Have been wanting to eat at the one in Columbia for a while but every time I go by it's packed...
Cheryl June 01, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Don't forget Libby's...it's the best and locally owned!!
rodney cain June 04, 2013 at 03:20 AM
steak house please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lexingtonmom June 08, 2013 at 03:07 AM
Outback, Olive Garden or Carraba's would be wonderful!
Cindy Graham November 09, 2013 at 08:37 AM
Might update this. Cookout is almost ready to open.
Cindy Graham November 15, 2013 at 09:33 AM
Please update this article. This is old news! Take a picture of the new Cookout! It is almost ready to open!


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