Perkins Restaurant and Bakery at 1331 South U.S. 41 Bypass, will reopen on Monday, Oct. 22, according to Julie Roettger, the vice president of Operations for Northcott Hospitality.
The company is hiring 70 to 80 local people for various jobs in the reconfigured layout of the restaurant, which will seat 260 people and be open 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Contractor Jeff Charlotte, CEO of J.E. Charlotte Construction Corp., said last week that the project is on schedule.
They will finish the remodeling inside and out by the end this week. The remodeling and updates were needed to accommodate the reconfiguration and the widening of U.S. 41 Bypass.
The highway widening resulted in the demolition of the original room alongside U.S. 41 and the addition of space on the side of the adjoining bank lot.
Then it was necessary to renovate 2,163 square feet of the existing 6,370-square-foot space. The new building entrance has been slightly shifted to the west to accommodate two automatic sliding doors.
Contractors have installed new metal framing and drywall, roofing materials, insulation, flooring, ceiling tiles, architectural trim, display equipment and booths. Included in the renovation is new paint, chairs, tables and artwork throughout.
The kitchen has received upgraded equipment, plumbing, electrical, a fire protection system and heating, ventilation and air conditioning units.
This project is part of Perkins Restaurant & Bakery’s continuous design and construction improvement program.
“As always, Venice Perkins will feature fresh pies and bakery goods,” Roettger said. “We are excited for our reopening and to be back in the community.”