Demolition has already taken place at 34881 Emerald Coast Parkway near the Paradise Key Shopping Center where a TGI Friday’s used to be.
The 1.25 acres parcel where the restaurant used to stand and the parcel adjacent to it were sold to developers 30AIP Destin LLC for $ 6.1 million. The upcoming commercial re-development will take up 2.35 acres, according to Elliot Kampert, Okaloosa County’s Growth Management’s director.
“They are going to build another TGI Friday’s, a Panera Bread and Advance Auto Parts," Kampert said.
The old TGI Friday’s abruptly closed in December 2016 after being open for more than 20 years. A sign was posted on the door thanking residents for their dedication for the past 20 years.
Kampert said the new TGI Friday's building will be larger than the old restaurant.
Kampert said the developers submitted construction plans on June 20 that are currently under review. The Panera Bread restaurant construction has been approved, but the new TGI Friday’s and Advanced Auto Parts plans are still undergoing review by county staff.
“They still need to give us additional information and submit state building permits,” Kampert said, “The ball is at their court now.”
Kampert said once everything is approved, the developers can start construction.
Attempts to contact Destin Commons to find out if Panera Bread was staying at the popular lifestyle center and merely opening a second location in Destin or if they were leaving Destin Commons were unsuccessful.