By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice on November 23, 2020
Voting unanimously to recommend that the Kill Devil Hills Board of Commissioners approve the site plan, the town’s Planning Board on Nov. 17 gave the go-ahead for the construction of a Cook Out restaurant on S. Croatan Highway at milepost 9.5, just south of Ocean Atlantic Rentals and across the bypass from the Harris Teeter Grocery store.
The restaurant — part of a popular chain of restaurants in the south that features burgers, barbeque, hot dogs and milkshakes — is slated to cover 1,500 square feet, feature two drive-through lanes, 18 parking spaces and a bike rack. The Kill Devil Hills commissioners are expected to consider the site plan at their December meeting.
The restaurant will not have any indoor seating. While some Cook Outs have indoor seating, many locations only offer drive-through service and patio seating.
According to the chain’s website, the closest Cook Out to the Outer Banks is Elizabeth City. Cook Out also has locations in Norfolk, Chesapeake and the Hampton Roads area. The first Cook Out opened in 1989 in Greensboro, N.C. and now has locations in 10 states. In 2018, the chain opened its 250th location in Mobile, Alabama.
Enjoying a strong following in the south, Business Insider last year noted Cook Out’s reputation for low prices and high quality, dubbing it “the fast food king of North Carolina.”
Once completed, the Kill Devil Hills Cook Out will be the second fast food restaurant to come to the Outer Banks in recent months. In July, Taco Bell took over the building that housed Nu Quality Ice Cream in Southern Shores. That store also has no indoor seating.
Chris Clayton of Raleigh-based Commercial Site Design, PLLC. Is the applicant for the project. According to the application submitted to the town, the estimated construction cost of the project is $750,000.