RESTAURANT BRANDS INTERNATIONAL | COURTESY IMAGE                      This rendering shows the proposed exterior look of a Burger King planned at 404-406 N. Key Ave. The site once was a Texaco gas station.
RESTAURANT BRANDS INTERNATIONAL | COURTESY IMAGE This rendering shows the proposed exterior look of a Burger King planned at 404-406 N. Key Ave. The site once was a Texaco gas station.

Work is planned soon on a Burger King along North Key Avenue.

The restaurant will be located at 404-406 N. Key Ave. -- the former site of a Texaco gas station.

David Drake, a partner in Fort Worth-based development company CBD Realty Partners LLC, gave the following details about the proposed restaurant.

Developers plan to begin demolition of the former gas station the week of May 13, unless there are weather delays, Drake said.

The goal is to open around the end of August or early September, unless inclement weather causes problems, Drake said.

The 2,920-square-foot restaurant will follow Burger King's standard “Roc 60 20/20” full-size building prototype. The restaurant will feature a double drivethrough, Burger King's new “Garden Grill” design and LED menu boards. The eatery will have 56 seats for indoor dining.

The site on North Key Avenue is ideal, Drake said, because of its size, visibility and convenience -- for those in Lampasas as well as those traveling through town along U.S. Highway 281.

“CBD has recognized and responded to the demand for national food brands in tertiary markets throughout the state,” the development partner said. “We believe that by bringing new development and jobs, we are, in a small way, helping to promote growth in each market we select.”

About 40-45 employees will be hired for the Key Avenue restaurant, and they will be trained at a nearby location, Drake said. Half the positions will be full-time, and half will be part-time, he said.

The restaurant will have six or seven manager positions, and the rest of the jobs will be entry-level, Drake said.

The hiring process will begin as soon as construction starts, Drake said. Those interested in information about hiring are asked to contact Juan Delahoya at juandelahoya1979@gmail.com.

Drake addressed plans to recruit from Lampasas and nearby areas as much as possible.

“The intent is to hire as many local employees as possible,” he said.

The Lampasas franchisee is Jimmy Jamshed with Landmark & Landmark. He is based in Crowley, south of Fort Worth.

Landmark & Landmark owns and operates Burger King restaurants in Gatesville, Early, Brownwood, McGregor, Brady, Clifton and Stephenville. The company also owns and will operate the Burger King under construction in Burnet.

In Lampasas, CBD Realty Partners will not own the Burger King property, Drake said.

“The franchisee will be the fee owner, and CBD will be the development partner overseeing the entire project from start to finish,” Drake said.

CBD works with business owners to help them develop new sites throughout Texas, Drake said.

Horizon General Contractors, the Fort Worth company that will build the Burger King in Lampasas, has many years of constructing fastfood restaurants, Drake said. Horizon operates throughout the United States, he added.