Coming soon to the block across Durham from W Grill, just south of Washington: Otto’s Barbecue & Catering. The 67-year-old chain has plans for its first standalone location since the original on Memorial Dr. was sold in 2009 (for less than its owners felt it should’ve been) and demolished to make way for a collection of strip buildings.
Until last November, Luke’s Icehouse (pictured above) was the only structure standing in the way of the planned new restaurant on the corner of Lillian St. and Durham — but after shuttering last June, its building was torn down 5 months later. The rendering above shows Otto’s taking over the site from the north above Durham, where a courtyard fronts a covered patio adjacent to a parking lot.
Inside, the site plan indicates that 3,293-sq.-ft. would be devoted to the restaurant, while 1,722 would make up an attached catering kitchen:
37 parking spots sit behind and beside the building. They’re only accessible from the 15-ft.-wide alley that cuts between the property and its northern neighbor, Cash America Pawn. Plans now call for that thoroughfare to be paved, as shown below at its entrance on Sandman St.:
This week, the city planning commission will consider a variance request to allow the catering kitchen and its adjacent pit room to move up just 5 ft. from Lillian St. That corner smokeshow features windows on all sides, giving passers-by a look in as “thousands of pounds of meat” are dealt with inside — according an estimation included in the developer’s plans.
It’s viewed below from Lillian:
A glance from the opposite direction, next to the parking lot:
One long look across the side lot from the corner of Sandman St.:
- Previously on Swamplot: The Finger Offer That Never Came: How the Owners of Otto’s Ended Up Settling for Much Less; Comment of the Day: A Demolition That Really Hits You in the Gut, Memorial Drive Scrape: The End of Otto’s and Bibas Greek Pizza, Otto’s Bar B Que Really Closing for Good This Time, Except of Course for the Hamburgers, The Finger, the Gun, and Other Secrets of the Park Memorial Sale, They’re Otto Here
Renderings: Bowen Land Services