It's been a few months since the Long John Silver's near Temple High School closed down, and now it looks like someone's ready to do something with the property.

I went to Chick-Fil-A for lunch Friday, and I was driving up Barton to get on North General Bruce, I noticed a backhoe on the old Long John's property and markers around the perimeter. There were also some restaurant fixtures outside.

Aaron Savage, Townsquare Media
Aaron Savage, Townsquare Media

Maybe they'll tear it down and resurrect LJS's with a newer, cleaner building. That would be ok I guess, but I'd love to see something new move in - something Temple doesn't already have. After all, there's another Long John's across town.

It's not a bad location. It's right next to I-35 and surrounded by other decent places to eat like Whataburger and Chick-Fil-A. Plus the La Quinta Inn is just behind it, so it'd see plenty of walk-up business.

Personally, I'm hoping to see a new restaurant open there.

Ideally, it'd be a locally owned eatery run by people right here in Temple. Nothing beats local. Tapa Tapas is less than a block away in the old Wendy's building, and I hear great things about it.

However, if a chain moves in, what should it be?

I could see a Dunkin' Donuts going in and giving Shipley a little healthy competition. Maybe someone could open a Dutch Bros. Coffee like in Killeen, or Peggy's Coffee House in the Mall could branch out with a new location on the north side of town. (Peggy's makes the finest cup of coffee in Temple, IMHO.)

For some reason I just picture a good coffee/breakfast place there. I guess because the Starbucks just up the block has been closed for a while now.

Since I'm obviously stuck in a caffeine and donut rut, let me know what you would want to see replace the old Long John Silver's in North Temple.

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