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Two restaurants planned for Jefferson Street

A Beef Shack restaurant is planned for this West Jefferson Street building, which was first used for a Taco Bell and has been vacant for five years.[]

JOLIET – A restaurant is planned for a former Taco Bell location on West Jefferson Street that has been vacant for five years.

The city council on Tuesday will consider drive-thru permits for a Beef Shack at that location, 1606 W. Jefferson St., and for a Nick’s Gyro restaurant at 1350 W. Jefferson St.

The Beef Shack location has become an eyesore with rusting metal on the front signpost and tattered siding from its last days as a Shrimp House restaurant.

A plan to put a loan store in the building was turned down by the city council in 2013 as it faced opposition from Unity Community Development Council, a network of Joliet neighborhood groups.

At the time, former City Manager Thomas Thanas recommended the loan store, saying neighbors in the area had complained in the past about noise from the restaurants that occupied the building.

The building was originally a Taco Bell but has been used for at least two other restaurants since.

A backhoe has been sitting in the parking lot for weeks.

But the existing building would be used for the new business, according to a staff memo on the proposal.

City staff has recommended approval for the drive-thru permits for both the Beef Shack and Nick’s Gyro.

The Nick’s Gyro site, now occupied by two buildings, will be redeveloped for the new business, according to a staff memo. One of the buildings on the site, located on the southeast corner at Midland Avenue, is the former Bob and Sis’ Catering, which closed last year.