HILLSBOROUGH – Moe’s Southwest Grill, a popular taco and burrito chain on Route 206, will be one of 750 Moe’s restaurants nationwide to have a drive-thru window.
The township planning council approved a plan by Sharanga LLC, owner of the franchise, to build a 327-foot addition to the south side of the existing building to accommodate the new drive-thru.
Plans call for a single 200-foot-long drive-thru behind the building that was once Briken Dairy Farm, at the intersection of Route 206 and Oxford Place. Moe’s is adjacent to the Hillsborough Star Diner.
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James Mitchell, attorney for Sharanga LLC, said the drive-thru is necessary “to better serve the public and their ongoing concerns” about indoor meals generated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The drive-thru, he said, “would also help a struggling local business.”
Because Moe’s is a “quick casual restaurant” like Panera or Chipotle, Mitchell said, the drive-thru on offer will be “low intensity” unlike fast food restaurants like McDonald’s and Burger King.
“Times have changed,” Mitchell said, adding that this makes the proposal “much more urgent”.
The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
The number of parking spaces on the property will remain at 29; Township ordinance requires 26. Since parallel parking spaces along the Oxford Place side of the property will be eliminated for drive-thru, other parking spaces will be reduced from one foot to 9 feet to maintain the number of spaces.
The nearest Hillsborough Moe’s are on Route 22 in the North Branch section of Branchburg and Cedar Grove Lane in Franklin. Moe’s on Flemington Circle has closed.
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