Metro East’s first Hawaiian Bros seeks to replace old Pizza Hut

Hawaiian Bros. Island Grill, a restaurant new to the Metro East, and a bank each applied for special use permits for drive-thru facilities at the city’s Administrative and Community Services (ACS) meeting on Thursday.

These were two unanimous decisions.

Hawaiian Bros, at 2386 Troy Road, will replace the former Pizza Hut location, which closed in September 2020. Prior to being a Pizza Hut, the site was the original Lion’s Choice location in town.

This will mark the chain’s first Metro East location. The closest existing locations are in the Chicago area.

The request made on Thursday is for a single-lane drive-thru. City staff believe this site provides enough “storage space” for drivers waiting to receive their orders. The previous drive-thru did not have to undergo a permitting process, city planner Emily Calderon said, so there was no prior special use permit on file.

The city’s zoning appeals board voted in favor of the resolution 6-0 on February 28.

The other location is Bank of Madison County, a division of Bank of Belleville, which will move this fall to the former Illinois Bell Building at 119 S. Main St. It has applied for a special use permit to construct a service two-way steering wheel. City staff again noted that the site has enough space to stack vehicles in line while waiting to access a cashier. The city’s zoning appeals board was in favor of rescinding the permit by a 5-to-1 vote on February 28. The Historic Preservation Committee also voted in favor of the request.

City planner Emily Calderon said the thoroughfares would be an ancillary structure detached from the main building. These two requests are now submitted to the city council meeting on Tuesday for final approval.

In another action, the committee voted unanimously in favor of an ordinance certifying the city’s official zoning map.

The next CSA meeting will be March 31 at 5 p.m. at City Hall, 118 Hillsboro Ave.

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