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Habit Burger plans store in Manteca near Panera

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POSTED December 4, 2017 1:56 a.m.

Manteca’s Burger Boulevard without a doubt is a two block section of East Yosemite Avenue from just east of Highway 99 to Spreckels Avenue.

There are five fast food places specializing in burgers with a sixth on the way.

The Habit Burger Grill is planning a 2,852-square-foot restaurant with a 309-square-foot patio dining area as well as a drive-thru lane adjacent to Panera Bread. It will have a 38-space parking lot.

The Manteca Planning Commission is scheduled to review plans for the fast food restaurant that built its reputation on chargrilling — Consumer Reports claims they make the best tasting burger in America — when they meet on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

It will be the second fast food operation on target to break ground during early 2018 in the two-block stretch of East Yosemite Avenue. Chick-fil-A is pursuing a restaurant on the northeast corner of East Yosemite and Northwoods avenues where the Super Buffet Chinese restaurant is now located. Chick-fil-A is proposing a 4,172-square-foot restaurant with drive-thru service and 32 parking spaces.

The Habit Burger Grill got its start in 1969 in Santa Barbara where it sold burgers and malts for 24 cents each. The Irvine-based for is now pushing 200 locations. The closest to Manteca are in Modesto, Stockton, Turlock, Livermore, and Pleasanton.

The menu includes burgers, sandwiches, salads, sides, and frozen treats.

The other fast food places built around burgers in the two block stretch are In-and-Out Burgers, McDonald’s, Jack-in-the-Box, Wendy’s and Carl’s Jr.

There are now 30 dining options including places such as Starbucks, Jamba Juice, and Coldstone Ice Cream between Pestana Avenue and just west of Spreckels/Cottage Avenue. Given that Super Buffet will be razed to make way for the Chick-fil-A when mid-2018 rolls around the count will reach 31.


West Alameda

parcel being

split into five

sites for homes

A large parcel in the 900 block of West Alameda between Walnut Avenue and the duplexes along Pearl Place is being proposed for subdividing into five lots with a common driveway serving all five lots.

The proposal by Cyrus Lamont Hunter will be before the Planning Commission on Dec. 12 as well.

Alameda Street — especially east of Grant Street and west of Fremont Street — has a number of similar developments with single driveways serving homes tucked away from view of the street.

Strong housing demand has been prompting a number of smaller infill projects to move forward in Central Manteca.


Turkey dinners

served to 2,183

on Thanksgiving

Jeff Liotard — who is the driving force behind Thanksgiving in Manteca — noted the 300 volunteers that made the community Thanksgiving dinner possible this year set a new record. They served 2,183 meals

Just over 400 meals were “dine in” affairs at Mt. Mike’s Pizza at Louise Avenue and Main Street. The rest were boxed and delivered to sites throughout Manteca, Lathrop, and Ripon that were made possible through churches, veterans groups, and others. There were also a large number of meals delivered to the elderly who are shut-ins.

Jeff and his wife Tevani convert their pizza parlor into a massive kitchen and take-out dinner assembly line for the day.

The effort involves a number of non-profits led by Manteca Rotary and the Sunrise Kiwanis.

This year they cooked and served 197 turkeys.


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