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Los Panchos' owners set to bring drive-thru coffee, ice cream shop to Sycamore Road

DeKALB – DeKalb businessman Jim Mason wants to bring a drive-thru coffee and ice cream shop to 1406 Sycamore Road, to accompany Ruby's Asian Market, CJ's Gaming and the soon-to-arrive Eggsperience Cafe.

The ice cream and coffee parlor would be operated by the owners of Eggsperience Cafe, Fransisco and Lesly Morales, according to city documents. The new breakfast space will occupy the site once used by Flappy's Pancake House after the former tenant was left to find new space when their lease wasn't renewed. The Moraleses also own Los Panchos Mexican Restaurant in Sycamore. The four-tenant building at 1406 Sycamore Road is zoned for commercial use but the drive-thru component would require a special use permit.

The proposals will be the subject of a public hearing in front of the city's Planning & Zoning Commission at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St.

The drive-thru would occupy Suite D, a 2,100-square-foot space that once housed a dentist office, documents show, and city staff has recommended approval.

The menu board for the drive-thru would be located off the southeast corner of the building, and two drive-thru windows would be added to the east side of the building. Three parallel parking spaces and one regular parking space would need to be removed to accommodate the drive-thru lane, according to documents.

Landscaping along the east side of the building will need to be removed.

In order to accommodate the drive-thru, changes will be made to the traffic patterns around the building to better accommodate vehicles coming in and out of the area.

The proposed drive-thru would allow for the required five-car space for the drive-thru lane, documents show, and the northbound drive on Oakwood Avenue would be made into a one-way only.

Drivers coming from the existing north parking lot near the building will need to go along the west side of the Secretary of State's Office to exit the site, and the drive to the west of that office will be made one-way going south on Oakwood Avenue.

The eastern access along Oakwood Avenue to the Secretary of State's Office also will be made one way, and signage to better understand direction will be added throughout the parking lot.

In a citizen response form related to the proposal, Sean Niklas of Saren Restaurants representing JD Wesley, Inc. which owns the adjacent Wendy's Restaurant, said he did not object to the ice cream and coffee shop.

This article has been edited to reflect the current time for Wednesday's meeting: 6 p.m.