District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson’s announcement Wednesday regarding Buffalo Wings & Rings moving to Navarre was “a bit premature,” according to restaurateur Glenn Schaible.
At Tuesday night’s Holley-Navarre Water System meeting, Schaible presented bills from the same franchise in Ohio and Florida, which convinced the board to lower the initial tap fee from $198,000 for his 218-seat restaurant to $130,000, with the promise that it would be re-evaluated after two years.
With the new incentives from the water board, the tap fee was reduced again by 50 percent to $65,000.
Williamson announced on his Facebook page that the new water tap fee reductions helped Schaible decide to build the restaurant in Navarre instead of Mary Esther or Fort Walton Beach. Williamson later told Navarre Press he was told by two “to be unnamed” Holley-Navarre water board members, that it was a done deal.
But Schaible told Navarre Press in an email that the Fort Walton Beach location is “still in play.”
In 2012, Schaible looked into opening Lenny’s Sub Shop in the Navarre Family Eye Care building, but said the $68,000 tap fee bill originally quoted him was unacceptable. Using water bills from other Lenny’s, Schaible was able to negotiate the tap fee down to $11,000. However, Schaible never opened a Lenny’s in Navarre.
Schaible and an agency for Buffalo Wings & Rings told Navarre Press that a decision on the final location is expected this week.
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