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ChampionsGate has sold two parcels right at the main entrance for new restaurants on either side of the existing Chili's. Lease agreements have been signed with Miller's Ale House and Red Robin.
ChampionsGate has sold two parcels right at the main entrance for new restaurants on either side of the existing Chili's. Lease agreements have been signed with Miller's Ale House and Red Robin. (Osceola County)

More restaurants are on the way for ChampionsGate Village. The resort developer has sold two outparcels this month for a Miller's Ale House and Red Robin restaurants, to be located on on either side of the resort's existing Chili's Grill & Bar.

The resort developer RIDA, through affiliate CG Downtown Associates LLC, sold a prime, 1.9-acre parcel just off Interstate 4 for $1.6 million. The sale is conditioned on the land being developed as a Miller's Ale House restaurant. The restaurant and patio area can not exceed 8,000 square feet.

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Construction is underway on a new Miller's Ale House at downtown ChampionsGate. The building will be more than 7,000 square feet.
Construction is underway on a new Miller's Ale House at downtown ChampionsGate. The building will be more than 7,000 square feet. (RIDA)

The buyers, AMW Properties LLC and MNO Properties LLC, executed a 180-month lease with the Orlando-based restaurant chain. The sports bar and restaurant chain has 72 locations across the country.

The restaurant already has site plan and building permit approval. Haley Construction Inc. has started site construction, while Interplan is the architect and engineer.

Also this month, Red Robin International Inc. paid $950,000 for a 1.5-acre parcel and signed a 15-year restrictive covenant, agreeing to build a sit-down hamburger restaurant on the site.

The Colorado-based company owns or franchises more than 500 restaurants specializing in gourmet burgers, milkshakes and "bottomless steak fries."  As an inducement, RIDA agreed not to sell or lease neighboring property to competing sit-down or fast-casual burger restaurants, including Fuddruckers, The Counter, Johnny Rockets, Five Guys Burgers, Burger-Fi, Cheeseburger Cheeseburger, Smashburger, Whataburger, Steak & Shake and Cheeseburger in Paradise.

"What they don't want to see is a direct competitor in the immediate area," RIDA Senior VP Marc Reicher told GrowthSpotter on Monday.

Osceola County has issued a building permit for the 4,547-square-foot restaurant. The GC is Conroy & Mannion Contracting out of Saratoga Springs, New York, while Kimley-Horn is the architect/engineer.

Reicher said both restaurant locations are superbly situated. "We're severely under-seated for the market," he said. "That Chili's consistently performs in the top five nationally."

Both restaurants are expected to open by late summer or early fall. The resort is trying to keep up with demand for more dining options - demand that is expected to grow even more this year when LandSouth Construction completes the 308-unit LIV at ChampionsGate apartment complex. The $32 million class-A complex will be completed this year.

RIDA will break ground this summer on a 24,000-square-foot shopping center on the pad in front of the apartment complex. Reicher said up to 70 percent of the retail space will be reserved for restaurants - they are in lease negotiations with several tenants - but are also looking for other uses, such as salons and real estate offices.

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