Business license registered in county good through next year

Is Cookeville getting a Charley’s Philly Steaks?

All signs say yes. The first of which is LVP Food Service Concept, LLC (LVP) on behalf of Charleys Phillys registered a business license with the county last month at 1750 Salem Road (the home of the TA truck stop) in Cookeville that is good through next year. The license has not yet been submitted to the Tennessee Department of Revenue.

However, according to sources within TA, there have been no official announcements or discussions on Charleys setting up shop inside the truck stop with every restaurant space filled, and the facility currently under lease with El Tapatio. Hardees and Sbarro are also on location.

Putnam County clerk Wayne Nabors says sometimes businesses register to get the ball rolling.

“A lot of times folks have to get a license to get started,” said Nabors. “It may be they must do a license to do certain banking, and maybe corporate had them go ahead and get a business license to be ready. There can be all kinds of different reasons.”

Is it possible that LVP is jumping ahead and planning? LVP franchises Charleys in 11 other TA truck stops across the nation and the Cookeville TA’s Sbarro, so the paperwork, interest and precedent is there.

Owned by Lissette Amiel (whose name is on the business registration with the county), LVP Restaurant Group LLC is an entity of LV Petroleum. Charleys, founded in 1988, is a part of GOSH Enterprises, LLC, a multi-brand restaurant company whose portfolio includes BIBIBOP Asian Grill, and Lenny’s Grill and Subs.

Is Charleys coming to Cookeville? There has been no official word, but I think I can speak for Philly Cheese Steak lovers everywhere when I say I hope so. All signs point to yes, but we must wait and see.

This is an ongoing story. Check back for updates.

Photo courtesy of Charley’s.

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