WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — If you're looking to sit down and grab a bite to eat in West Lafayette, you will have a new option soon.
Residents are anticipating the opening of Walt's Pub, Walt Foster's second location in Greater Lafayette, located on the corner of Yeager and Kalberer. Mayor John Dennis said he realizes that when it comes to sit-down dining options, there aren't as many options on the north side of the city as there are on the south side.
"What we are trying to do now is spread the wealth a little bit," said Dennis.
According to Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette, the Downtown and Chauncey Village areas in West Lafayette together have 53 sit down dining options. That compares to 29 on the north side near Sagamore Parkway.
"It seems that a lot of folks in the restaurant business, even the bar business, focus on where the population density is perceived to be," said Dennis.
But with the opening of a new restaurant on Yeager and Kalberer, the city hopes it can bring more sit down options to a 'more mature' north side.
"Walt's is the first one to the finish line," said Dennis.
"There is a need (on the north side)," said Foster. "There is a need for family dining and a need for free-standing restaurants."
Foster said the location for the new restaurants is purposefully placed.
"We want to be a neighborhood location," said Foster. "This is off the beaten path. We have the research park right behind us, and we would like to cater to them also."
Mayor Dennis hopes that the addition of Walt's Pub will attract other sit down restaurants.
"Often times when I'm out walking my dog or running, people will stop me and ask 'When are we going to get a Bob Evans. When are we going to get another national franchise on the north end of town.' Obviously, it's not as easy as calling up and asking."
Dennis said average income and age of the population all play into those decisions. Those demographic factors have attracted restaurants like MCL, Applebees and Pizza Hut already to the area.
"I also want to put the caveat in there that we aren't just going to open up the floodgates to let anything and everything come," said Dennis. "We have been very methodical about the growth of our community and we want to be very respectful to our population base on both the north and south side."
Walt Foster hopes to have his second location open by the middle of November.
He says the menu will feature similar menu items as Walt's Other Pub location in Lafayette.
The new location will have a large basement, bar, patio and will be able to cater to large parties.
Restaurant Stats for Tippecanoe County 2017
(Please note these numbers are not exact, but an estimate of open restaurant numbers)
Total Tippecanoe County Restaurants including fast food restaurants: 386
Total Lafayette & West Lafayette restaurants including fast food: 369
Total Lafayette restaurants including fast food: 229
Total West Lafayette restaurants including fast food: 140
Total Lafayette restaurants NOT including fast food: 146
Total West Lafayette restaurants NOT including fast food: 89
South Lafayette Dining (Area of restaurants south of McCarty Lane): 37
West Lafayette Dining (Area of Sagamore Parkway West): 28
West Lafayette Dining (Village Dining – this includes Purdue Memorial Union restaurants): 39
West Lafayette Dining (Downtown Dining – Everything east of River Road to the bridge): 14
Downtown Lafayette Dining (Everything between 2nd & 11th Streets in between North and South Street): 32
East Lafayette Dining (Restaurants from Farabee Drive to Veteran’s Memorial Parkway close to South Street): 44