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Fast-food eatery planned for GV

A new drive-through restaurant could be built at the corner of Mill Street and French Avenue in Grass Valley near the Highway 20 offramp.

Pacos Tacos may open in early spring, said Lee Hayes, the Grass Valley architect who drew up the plans for owner David Wambaugh of Penn Valley.

Plans for the 1,425-square-foot restaurant are on file at the city’s planning department.



Some 15 parking spaces are also planned for the .45-acre vacant parcel.

The restaurant could sport a fake chimney and a decorative tower, the drawings show.




“It’s not going to be flashy,” assured Hayes, who hopes to build the project in three to four months.

Wambaugh also wants to build a fake mine shaft, Hayes added.

His client is now looking for an ore cart.

“He’ll find one,” Hayes said of Wambaugh. “He’s a very determined man.”

Karl and Lillie Resch own the Swiss House restaurant across the street.

The site where the fast-food restaurant could be built has been vacant for at least 17 years, said Resch, who will celebrate the restaurant’s 18th anniversary Sept. 1.

People often drop garbage there, Resch said. In a way, the project could help clean up the site, he said.

That corner is very tight, and traffic could be a problem, Resch added.

Patrons of the proposed restaurant may also litter the area, he said. “I think that should be addressed.”

The city’s Development Review Committee could consider the project either Aug. 27 or Sept. 10, community development director Joe Heckel said Tuesday.


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