Culver's sign

Logansport residents will soon have another fast-casual dining option with the addition of a Culver’s restaurant in front of Rural King at 3919 East Market St.

S&L Properties Logansport, LLC, received a commercial building permit from the city with a $550,000 project cost at the beginning of this year. The restaurant will be built in the Rural King parking lot and will have a double drive-thru.

Culver’s is a restaurant chain with 830 restaurants in 25 states — mainly in the Midwest — most known for its frozen custard and “ButterBurger” cheeseburgers.

Jeffery Liegel, one of the owners of S&L Properties, said the dining room will seat about 110 people. He said he expects construction to begin in a few months and be completed sometime in late summer.

“Culver’s is a great community supporter, and we look forward to coming to town,” he said.

Logansport Building Commissioner Rob Rennewanz said his office received blueprints for the project but has not been very involved so far. He said he expects to provide more input once the building is underway.

Liegel said building a Culver’s in Logansport has been on his company’s radar for the past three years. He and three other men partnered to form a group that owns about 70 Culver’s locations across multiple states, including the Culver’s in Kokomo.

David Droll, owner of the Kokomo location, will own the Logansport Culver’s as well. Droll said he was excited about the opportunity and hopes to get involved with various groups in the city.

“We love to do community service and donate to the community,” Droll said. “We’re definitely interested in reaching out to the schools, local businesses and nonprofits and helping them out.”

There might also be opportunities for the community to get involved with the new Culver’s construction. Liegel said that McCON Building Corporation, his company’s general contractor, is always interested in viewing subcontractor bids.

S&L Properties is currently working with the city and Culver Franchising System, LLC, to determine the exact layout of the restaurant. After details are finalized, McCON will develop packages for different components of the Logansport Culver’s before accepting subcontractor bids to complete the building.

Liegel said the Logansport location will begin hiring workers about two months before the restaurant opens. He expects to hire between 60 and 80 staff members, with 15 to 20 of those positions working full time.

Both Liegel and Droll said they think Logansport residents will be excited to welcome the restaurant. Droll said he hopes to be busy, and he would like for the restaurant to become a staple in the community.

“I want to have a successful restaurant in Logansport that everybody wants to come to,” Droll said.

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