The Logan’s Roadhouse groundbreaking involved no dirt. Instead, it was inside, on the second floor of the Lackey Municipal Building, in front of a picture of the construction site.

“Glad we could have this groundbreaking up here in city hall,” Mayor Dan Kemp said. “It’s a little bit muddy out there at the job site, so I know this can be done inside a building.”

Logan’s Roadhouse made the official announcement Thursday morning before a group of Hopkinsville civic and business leaders. The company is spending about $3 million to build a restaurant on Fort Campbell Boulevard, next to Chick-Fil-A. The restaurant will have the capacity to seat 237 people, and initially it will bring about 100 jobs to the area.

Billy Palmer, regional manager for Logan’s Roadhouse, said he scours the country looking for the best locations for restaurants, and he knows the one in Hopkinsville is going to be a success.

“We’re proud and excited to announce that we are opening up our first location in Christian County,” he said. “We know we’re going to do well in Hopkinsville. We’re excited about being a part of the community.”

Carter Hendricks, president of the Christian County Chamber of Commerce, said Logan’s groundbreaking is just the most recent sign of the momentum of economic growth in Hopkinsville and Christian County. With all the recent groundbreakings, ribbon cuttings and economic developments, it shows that the area is growing and growing rapidly.

Kemp said the community has been excited about the prospect of a Logan’s Roadhouse locating in Hopkinsville.

“We’ve been looking forward to this for a long time,” he said. “People would ask me, ‘Well I heard Logan’s Roadhouse might be coming. And then people would say, ‘Well I heard they’re not coming.’ And all that said, they finally made the right decision.”

The process of opening a Logan’s Roadhouse has been a long one and shrouded in mystery. The company went through a two-year-long acquisition process, from acquiring the land to getting all the proper permits. However, the company continued to deny its plans to locate in Hopkinsville as recently as August, despite closing on the acquisition of the land that same month and sending out for bids on the construction work.

Jeff Purvis, construction project manager for Logan’s Roadhouse, said the construction on the site began on Oct. 1. The contractor for the project is Clayton Group, and since the groundbreaking happened, construction has mostly been doing dirt work, trying to get enough height to build the foundation.

Construction began at the beginning of the October, and the company hopes to have the restaurant completed by March. Purvis acknowledged it was an ambitious schedule, and could be pushed back depending on the weather, but he said Logan’s Roadhouse tries to keep to the same schedule for every new location.

Mitch Robinson, executive director for the South Western Kentucky Economic Development Council, said he has been a longtime fan of Logan’s Roadhouse, especially the “Kickin’ Chicken Salad.” He added that the establishment of the new restaurant was further testament to the growth of the Christian County-Clarksville metropolitan statistical area as the second-fastest growing in the country.

“I think this location of this restaurant continues to show the growth of this city and this county,” he said. “There’s a lot of positive things going on here, and I just want to thank Logan’s for making the decision to come here.”

Reach Carla Jimenez at 270-887-3262 or cjimenez@kentuckynewera.com.

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