Black Bear Diner coming to Cottonwood at former Sizzler site

The former Cottonwood Sizzler will become the new home for the Black Bear Diner. (VVN/Vyto Starinskas)

The former Cottonwood Sizzler will become the new home for the Black Bear Diner. (VVN/Vyto Starinskas)

COTTONWOOD -- Motorists have seen and asked about the construction fencing surrounding the former Sizzler Steakhouse, at the busy prime corner of SR 89 and SR260 in Cottonwood.

Future occupants of the massive building are expected to be a new restaurant chain serving three meals a day according to the property owner who extended the lease.

That is a popular decision based on an earlier proposal to establish a huge Maverik convenience store and gas pump at the location, diagonally opposite a Giant gas operation. That suggestion drew opposition from the public, which wanted to see a new restaurant in that location, according to online and Facebook reader comments.

Maverik reportedly backed out of the project when the State Transportation Department insisted that traffic flow from the site be limited to "right-in and right-out" of the property.

No one has officially identified the future occupant, but, permitting paperwork indicates that the building will become a Black Bear Diner restaurant, a chain exclusive to the West, which advertises a traditional menu.

City building officials there will be "no change of use," meaning it will remain as a restaurant. But, they indicate that they expect a public meeting will be needed for a design review, since the project proposes exterior remodeling.

There is no indication, at this time, when the site will be ready for business.

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