Cracker Barrel zoning reversed

By CHARLES PEARL and BETH CRACE State Journal Staf Published:

The big mirage known as a Cracker Barrel restaurant in eastern Franklin County moved farther away from reality Friday.

So forget the chicken and dumplings. Forget the pinto beans, onions and greens. Forget the country ham dinner. Forget the sawmill gravy and biscuits. Forget the golf-tee game on the table while waiting for the chicken salad on sourdough bread. For now.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals says no, at least to the zone change that would have made way for the popular country restaurant that was slated for construction.

Friday's red light was a Court of Appeals opinion, reversing an order by Franklin Circuit Court. In April 2002, Circuit Judge Roger L. Crittenden upheld Franklin Fiscal Court's decision to rezone 10.3 acres at the southwest quadrant of Versailles Road and Interstate 64.

"I hate it for the community," said Franklin Judge-Executive Teresa Barton Friday afternoon. "I think the community has shown overwhelming support to have the restaurant here, and I would like to see people get what they feel they need.

"I think it's important that we try to have things in all parts of the community to serve citizens. Not a day goes by that someone doesn't call me, or ask me on the street or in the grocery store when we're going to get a Cracker Barrel. I'm serious. I got an e-mail yesterday. It's an important issue to a lot of people."

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