Ever since opening the first Cracker Barrel in 1969 in Lebanon, Tennessee, the Southern comfort food chain has expanded to 640 restaurants in 43 states—but none of them have ever been on the West Coast. But that's about to change. Earlier this year, in February, city officials in Victorville, California announced that Cracker Barrel submitted plans to build a restaurant in their town, which is located about 80 miles northeast of Los Angeles.
"Cracker Barrel will be a wonderful addition to our city's Restaurant Row, and we are thrilled this major retailer will be building its first California location in Victorville," the city's mayor Gloria Garcia . "This speaks to the strength of our city's retail market, and we will continue to attract quality dining and retail choices for our community."
According to the plans that put aside 1,284 square feet to be under a covered porch, it sounds like the California restaurant will be exactly like the ones in the South and East Coast—rocking chairs and all. According to CBS Los Angeles, the entire restaurant will span 10,000 square feet and employ 250 people—and it's set to open in February 2018.
Reaction online from Californians has been positive to say the least.
West Coast, get ready for some Chicken n' Dumplins.