City issues permit for Twin Peaks at Kernan and Atlantic

The restaurant will renovate the former Cinco de Mayo, which moved, at a project cost of $1.76 million.

Twin Peaks restaurant is building-out at Kernan and Atlantic boulevards.
Twin Peaks restaurant is building-out at Kernan and Atlantic boulevards.
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The Twin Peaks restaurant is building-out at southwest Kernan and Atlantic boulevards in East Arlington at a project cost of $1.76 million.

The city issued a permit March 2 for Cliff Mason Construction LLC of Swainsboro, Georgia, to renovate the former Cinco de Mayo building, which began as Johnny Carino’s, at 11892 Atlantic Blvd.

Cinco de Mayo moved to Harbour Place.

The permit shows the 6,542-square-foot restaurant will be renovated.

Previous plans showed the addition of interior dining space and a patio addition. 

JM Civil Engineering of Allen, Texas, is the civil engineer. Brian S. Thomas Architect of Greenville, South Carolina, is the architect.

The former Cinco de Mayo building at 11892 Atlantic Blvd.

The Dallas-based Twin Peaks sports bar and restaurant chain calls itself “the ultimate sports lodge featuring made-from-scratch food and the coldest beer in the business surrounded by scenic views and the latest in high-definition TVs.”

The menu includes appetizers, wings, burgers, sandwiches, tacos, soups, salads, sides, desserts and entrees.

Franchise owner Moussa Haidar filed a fictitious name with the state June 9, to do business as Twin Peaks Restaurant. 

The project is a renovation and remodel of the existing restaurant. Haidar said previously he expects to invest up to $3 million to remodel the building.

The closed Kernan West restaurant was built in 2003. It originally was leased to Johnny Carino’s Country Italian and then became a seafood restaurant before it, too, closed. 

Twin Peaks says 90% of its restaurants are conversions of existing free-standing casual dining restaurant locations. shows there are nine in Florida, with one coming soon to Daytona Beach. The closest to Jacksonville is in Altamonte Springs. Jacksonville is not listed. says Twin Peaks is built upon five brand pillars – “The Twin Peaks Girls, made-from-scratch food, 29° draft beer, sports on wall-to-wall TVs, and of course, the local lodge atmosphere.”

“Our Twin Peaks Girls are the essential ingredient to the perfect lodge experience. They are the beautiful faces that represent the brand and the reason our customers consistently come back for more. Equal parts friendly, engaging and attentive, our Twin Peaks Girls ensure every guest feels like a regular,” explains.



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