Mayor's Mythbusters

Cracker Barrel

In 2005, the representatives of Cracker Barrel approached the City of Corsicana to plan the construction of a restaurant. All the necessary information was provided along with notice of the requirement that all buildings fronting on major highways must have a masonry front. The decision was made to ask the council to consider waiving that requirement for the restaurant. The item was placed on the City Council agenda for consideration during the June 7, 2005, meeting. On the day of the council meeting, the representative called from the Dallas / Fort Worth (DFW) Airport in route to the meeting. He stated that he had been contacted by his home office and directed to return and ask the City Council to table the item. The item was tabled. Ultimately, the council considered and approved the variance on June 6, 2006.

The process also required a plat be prepared and the plat was approved on July 20, 2006, by the Planning and Zoning Commission. These two actions completed the process for Cracker Barrel to build. The company then decided not to build. The representative stated that the home office had failed to consider one very important item in their decision and had changed their mind on locating a store here. The question was specifically asked whether or not the request had anything to do with the variance request. They were adamant that the decision had nothing to do with the City of Corsicana staff or ordinances.