Supervisors: Plans for LongHorn Steakhouse advance

PENNSDALE – The parent company of LongHorn Steakhouse is planning to locate a restaurant at 300 Lycoming Mall Circle in Muncy Township, according to supervisors.

On Wednesday, minutes of a special hearing on April 29, shared as part of the public record, indicated those bringing the restaurant to the township have received approval to transfer a restaurant and liquor license into the municipality.

Supervisors confirmed that no land-development plans have been presented, but the concept is to site the restaurant west of Toys “R” Us.

Those present at the special hearing in April were Mark Kozar of Flaherty & O’Hara, a law firm specializing in restaurant and licensing, and Larry Borgia, director of operations with RARE Hospitality International Inc. The latter is a parent company that operates several restaurants, according to Supervisor Tom Schaech.

At the hearing, the township adopted a resolution approving transfer of the restaurant license into the township.

Supervisors said they were not given a timetable for construction, but said the restaurant owners first must get their restaurant and liquor license clearances out of the way before moving forward.

In other business, the supervisors heard from Corey Palmatier, township fire chief, who said the fire department has approved releasing $3,500 to go toward a planned enhanced security entrance system for the township building. The proposed project will include keyless entry and video surveillance upgrades.

Schaech said at a prior meeting that a more modern security system in necessary in light of recent attacks against law enforcement and to protect those working at the office.

Quotes of $7,123 for the video surveillance system and about $9,950 for the security upgrades to the building housing the township office, police department and fire company have been received.

The township has been informed it must advertise for quotes that exceed $10,000.

Discussions continue with Code Inspections Inc., which recently had representatives give a presentation on the business and zoning practices and costs. The supervisors are considering whether to stay with county zoning or to go with the private business, which works with several municipalities.