The site of the former Nedley's Restaurant and Club could soon host a new restaurant and event center following a recommendation of approval for redevelopment from the Richardson City Plan Commission during a Sept. 5 meeting.

In a nutshell

77 Wedding and Event Center, subject of a special permit request, is looking to be located at 1801 N. Plano Road and currently has a building with about 9,300 square feet. The proposed development includes an event space with more than 5,700 square feet and a separate restaurant of over 3,500 square feet, according to city documents.

Per the documents, both spaces would have separate certificates of occupancy. Senior Planner Derica Peters said the event center has an occupancy limit of 212 people, while the restaurant will be able to hold 74.

Brandon Sherman, co-owner and operator of the business, informed the commission that the proposed use would be different from some of the other bar uses nearby.

What they’re saying

“We don't plan on holding a liquor license for either the restaurant or the event center,” Sherman said. “We’re trying to get away from that bar-type scenario and bring it into a nice, modern restaurant and event center. When we purchased this place, we went to the surrounding areas and everyone complained about the bar scene and the trash.”

What else?

However, Sherman did not rule out caterers or vendors holding a temporary liquor permit for weddings or other events at the center. Sherman said the proposed restaurant would serve Vietnamese street food, likening the concept to Piada, an Italian street food restaurant.

Based on the conditions of approval, the applicant has six months to obtain a certificate of occupancy from the city.

What’s next?

With a recommendation for approval, the special permit request will be heard by Richardson City Council. According to city documents, the hearing would not take place prior to Sept. 25.