Excitement is in the air as the possibility of new restaurants coming to Anchorage piques locals' interest -- but while rumors swirl, which businesses are actually breaking ground?
Anchorage Economic Development Corp. President Bill Popp says theTikahtnu Commons shopping area in East Anchorage will soon be home to the national chain Texas Roadhouse, a new eatery owners he hopes residents will enjoy.
"They are taking advantage of the fact that Alaskans love to eat and we love good food," Popp said.
More and more chains are coming to Anchorage, both to satisfy local appetites and capture a share in a growing market.
"What we find in Alaska is, these national franchises that open up have No. 1 sales with their Alaska locations versus the rest of the country," said Brandon Spoerhase, a commercial broker with Jack White Commercial.
"It shows that Anchorage is a great market for retailers and restaurants,” Popp said. “Our economy is growing in a way that is very attractive to those businesses."
Popp says that trend will soon include future restaurants like the Crossbar Sports Restaurant, slated to open in the recently closed Boston's Restaurant and Sports Bar location at 2830 C St.
"I think one of the testaments to how successful restaurants can be is how few close," Popp said. "Think about the last time you saw a local restaurant close; it's a really interesting dynamic in Anchorage in terms of the success of our local restaurant industry."
While many franchises are working to gain a foothold in town, talk of what's next is running rampant. With everything from Dave & Buster’s to Hard Rock Café being mentioned, Popp says 90 percent of those rumors will be wrong.
"We love to speculate and Anchorage is no different than any other city in the nation,” Popp said. “We get a lot of companies looking at Anchorage, but in terms of reality we want to watch for coming soon signs; we want to watch for permits being applied for."
Texas Roadhouse is expected to have two locations here in Anchorage within the year. Officials say the one at Tikahtnu Commons should be open by the end of the year, with another in South Anchorage coming in the spring.The Crossbar Sports Restaurant has not set an opening date.
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