More fast food coming to Melissa

By Joshua Baethge
For the Anna-Melissa Tribune
Taco Casa is known for its distinctive sign featuring a cactus.

The Melissa City Council approved final engineering plans for two fast food chains during its March 23 meeting.

A Taco Casa is slated for the southeast corner of US 75 and Buc-ee’s Blvd. The popular Tex-Mex style taco joint has nearly 100 locations across Texas and Oklahoma.  Currently, the closest outpost to Melissa is in Allen.  

The City Council originally approved plans for the restaurant last July.  The developer subsequently request a change to the site plan due to changing market conditions related to the pandemic. Original site plans called for Taco Casa to be attached to a yet-to-be-built shopping strip. Under the revised plans, it will now be a stand-alone building.  A separate building to the west will be built at a later date.

Taco Casa in Abilene

The Melissa Planning and Zoning Commission suggested requiring a grassy area between the restraint and future building, but council did not deem it necessary to include this in the approved plans.

The City Council also approved plans for a new Golden Chick restaurant. in Melissa Villages at the northeast intersection of East Melissa road and Concho Drive just west of Taco Bell.

Golden Chick’s restaurants remain open and continue to operate with drive-thru service, carry-out and third-party delivery where available.

Golden Chick Richardson-based fried chicken chain with 180 locations across six states, including sites in McKinney, Van Alstyne and Princeton.