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New restaurant coming to downtown Bristol

By Callan Gray, cgray@wcyb.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:54:12 AM CST
Updated On: Sep 21 2013 11:20:00 AM CDT
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BRISTOL, Va. -

A new restaurant is coming to downtown Bristol, Virginia.

City officials revealed at a press conference on Friday morning that the franchise Quaker Steak & Lube will open in the old CityMac building.

Mayor Guy Odum says they had eight groups interested in the building. They picked the Albatross Group, made up of three Tennessee High graduates.

The restaurant will seat 250 people. It will include an outdoor seating area and outdoor bar.

Albatross member JJ Gillenwater talked about the floor plan at the press conference. "The restaurant is going to be wide open instead of [CityMac's] temporary walls," he said. "We think it'll be great for downtown."

Bristol, Virginia Economic Development committee member Doug Weberling also spoke at the conference. "We're really glad to have a restaurant come on the Virginia side of town in downtown. We've had some trouble in the past, they seem to all go over to Tennessee," he said.

The restaurant will bring the city $130,000 in revenue and taxes. It's expected to open at the end of April 2014.

Click here to check out Quaker Steak & Lube's menu.