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Minocqua to get Taco Bell restaurant

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The list of new businesses in Minocqua continues to grow with the announcement last Tuesday that a Taco Bell franchise will be coming to town this year.

Both the town board and its plan commission recommended approval of the conditional use permit for Minocqua Capital, LLC., of Monona, to construct a fast food restaurant at 8660 Highway 51. The permit request will now go to the county planning and development committee in early April for review.

The permit applicant, Zachary Zelickson of Border Foods of Wisconsin, LLC., told officials that he plans to have the 2,867-square-foot restaurant opened by this fall. As typical of these restaurants, it will have a drive-thru.

The estimated construction cost of the project is $1.6 million, according to the permit application. There will be eight employees per shift with interior seating for 40 customers. The restaurant will be located just south of the Highway 70 W intersection on the east side of U.S. Highway 51.

The plan commission also approved an administrative review permit for Vincent VanVleet/Anna Banana, LLC to open a bed-and-breakfast at 11558 Walsh Road in Minocqua.

In other action, the town board agreed to allocate a Class B liquor license for John and Kimberly Sylla, who plan to open their new business, Forestry Tap & Axe, at 9871 Highway 70 West. The facility will include a tap room, game room and three lanes for axe throwing. Once an administrative review permit is approved, they expect to open the business by the end of May.

The board denied a request from Foley’s Tree Service of Tomahawk for an annual permit for oversized/overweight crane to travel on town roads. Foley’s wanted a permit to use a 137,600-pound crane on town roads, which are listed for a maximum limit of 80,000 pounds (except during spring road limit restrictions).

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