Two other drive-thru chains are set to open a store at the epicenter of fast food and drink on East Main Street in Barstow.
Friday marks the opening day of a drive-thru coffee and snack site of Dutch Bros Inc., a beverage chain based in Grants Pass, Oregon, which has grown from a “stroller near the tracks ferrées” in 1992, according to its website, to a public-traded stock on the New York Stock Exchange last September.
A new Kentucky Fried Chicken site will be nearly connected to the Dutch Bros coffee joint and is itself in the final stages of construction. Fans of Southern-style mega-chain offerings can expect its new location in Barstow in mid-March, according to Chris Heldreth, director of the city’s fire and building and safety department.
“The expected opening date for KFC is two to three weeks away,” Heldreth said in an email Tuesday.
The coffee- and chicken-focused joints will share a parking lot at the corner of East Main Street and Coolwater Lane (1440 East Main Street), about a quarter mile west of a heavily trafficked Interstate 15 exit for travelers and truckers who frequent pit stop at Barstow.
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They join strong competition for hungry drivers, including a Del Taco and Jack in the Box just west, a Taco Bell directly east, and an entrance across the street at the Barstow station, home to a McDonald’s and a subway.
William H. Winn Jr. — a real estate investor who runs Irvine-based Starboard Realty Advisors LLC and several other entities with the same name, according to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings — represented both the Dutch Bros and the KFC in a city application for a conditional use license presenting them as a tandem project more than a year ago.
Dan DeLeon, head of acquisitions and investments at Starboard Realty, helped sell the land to the Barstow Planning Commission at a meeting on April 12, 2021, where the commission launched the two drive-thru projects at the same time. time by approving the use permit.
A novelty at the Dutch Bros location: you cannot sit down.
“Dutch Brothers Coffee is a drive-thru only establishment,” DeLeon said at the April 12 meeting. “So there is no indoor or outdoor seating.”
Dutch Bros mainly focuses on beverages. The drinks featured on its website are an ice cold nitro brew, the “Hot Golden Eagle” – a vanilla and caramel breve with a drizzle of caramel – and the “Blended Strawberry Rebel” – a strawberry smoothie.
Those looking for food at Dutch Bros currently have four menu options: Chocolate Chip Muffin Tops, Lemon Poppyseed Muffin Tops, Orange Cranberry Muffin Tops, and Granola Bars.
Dutch Bros has grown in recent years as a drive-thru in the High Desert and as a publicly traded company on Wall Street. The company went public in September 2021 and saw an early rise in its first months on the market.
Its stock has fallen from the highs it reached during this time. Dutch Bros was trading at $48.16 per share when the stock market closed on Tuesday, according to Yahoo Finance, down 4.9% from its price at last week’s close and nearly 37% lower. than the company’s record share price of $76.25 at the close of trading on Nov. 1 of last year.
The company still held a market valuation of around $2.5 billion as of Tuesday, and real estate and customer expansion, such as its new operation in Barstow, is a key part of its goal to increase that number. .
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KFC is among the major restaurant chains owned by Shanghai-based Yum China Holdings Inc., which also owns Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, making the Chinese company the third-largest restaurant company by revenue in the world. world in 2020, behind Starbucks and McDonald’s. .
Barstow filed other relatively recent applications from Winn, the director of Starboard Realty.
Starboard was the owner of a permit application the Planning Commission approved in April 2020 for a Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers drive-thru next to another high-traffic I-15 exit in Barstow, off Fisher Boulevard by Lenwood Road.
With that, Winn himself was the applicant for a new conditional use permit that the Planning Commission approved last December.
That permit covers “two more quick-service restaurants with drive-thru,” the agenda for the Dec. 13 meeting says, on a lucrative fast-food property where a former Burger King building now stands. The developers will demolish the defunct Burger King and, in its place, build a new Burger King and another drive-thru that is yet to be determined.
These future projects are a few hundred meters east of the soon to be launched Dutch Bros and KFC.
The four restaurants are owned by a separate entity related to Winn and Starboard.
The Dutch Bros and KFC each sit on connected plots of land that were created on January 12 this year as a division of a larger plot of land, according to county records. Each plot is owned by Oasis Partners I 1440 LLC, which registered as a California business last July with the same Irvine office address and suite as Starboard Realty.
The future Burger King property is owned by an entity registered in 2019 as Oasis Partners I LLC, to which the same connection to Winn and Starboard applies.
Charlie McGee covers California’s High Desert for The Daily Press, focusing on the town of Barstow and its surrounding communities. He is also a member of the Report for America corps of the GroundTruth Project, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to supporting the next generation of journalists in the United States and around the world. McGee can be reached at 760-955-5341 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @bycharliemcgee.