Fire up the grill: Wendy’s opens in Glenbrook Basin


Wendy’s at 875 Sutton Way in Grass Valley is open.

“It’s been a very busy day,” franchisee Nancy Melin said Monday.

The 875 Sutton Way site is the location of the former Paulette’s Country Kitchen, which operated for over 30 years and closed in March 2021. It was demolished in August to make way for the new building.

Melin, also a franchisee of Auburn Wendy’s, said that over the past two years of the pandemic, Wendy’s drive-thru window has become particularly popular because it has allowed customers to mitigate exposure to the coronavirus. . Few people visited the dining rooms at Wendy’s, although they were open.

“About 75% of revenue came from drive-thru and take-out orders,” she said.

Although scheduled to open in late March, the opening was delayed as last minute regulations required fine tuning of the utility.

Whenever a new business opens and needs PG&E assistance, it works with the customer to take over gas and electric service, said Megan McFarland, marketing and communications representative. Service connection time may vary depending on the complexity of an individual project.

“For security reasons, PG&E has a rigorous inspection plan and specific security requirements that a customer must meet before they can connect their services,” McFarland said. “In some cases, PG&E will identify certain security requirements and ask the customer to go back and fix them. This can be typical when making large slices. And PG&E is working closely with the customer to help support the process. Once all safety inspections are complete, PG&E is able to connect a customer to their electric and gas service. »

A large number of Grass Valley employees have been trained at the Auburn site. There are 22 that will be transferred to Grass Valley.

Although the Auburn location is a short drive away, Melin doesn’t mind the two branches getting in the way of each other.

“Grass Valley is right off the highway,” she said. “It’s kind of a retreat zone. It is already a tourist attraction. Thus, we will not need promotional signage.

While Melin doesn’t anticipate another franchise popping up in the area anytime soon, she said, “You never know. We think it’s a great little community and we want to be part of it.

William Roller is a staff writer at The Union. He can be contacted at [email protected]

Wendy’s in Grass Valley opened on Monday.
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