Parents fighting plan to open Twin Peaks off I-10 near Kirkwood, near Spring Branch ISD schools

Parents say the new restaurant doesn't invite the kind of activity they want in their community. The city says its hands are tied
January 20, 2014 3:13:54 PM PST
It's a restaurant chain known for women in tight, short outfits and it's moving in right across the street from an elementary school. A group of parents are fighting plans for that restaurant to open up shop on the feeder road of I-10, just east of Kirkwood. Those parents have kids who go to school just feet away.

While Stephanie Parker's children play without care, the mother-of-two is worried that a Twin Peaks restaurant will soon open across the street.

"This is just too close for our community and our kids. You just never know what could happen," she said.

The restaurant, which is still under construction, is located at I-10 near Kirkwood and within a block or two of several Spring Branch ISD schools. On its website, the restaurant advertises comfort food an cold beer served by attractive waitresses. Its Facebook pages are filled with photos of its wait staff.

"Went to their Facebook page and was shocked that it was coming into the neighborhood," concerned mom Candice Corley said.

The mothers quickly sprang into action, calling council members and writing the mayor in an effort to stop its opening.

"We feel very strongly that anybody exercising common sense will see that a Twin Peaks in this location so close to so many children, smack in the residential area doesn't speak to any of his values, it just doesn't make sense." concerned mom Liz Spradling said.

Last week, Mayor Annise Parker issued the following response:

"As long as city codes and ordinances are met, we have no authority to prevent it from being constructed or deny any building permits."

And so far, because Twin Peaks is considered a restaurant and not a sexually oriented business so it can open anywhere, something worried parents say they don't understand.

"It seems absolutely ridiculous that the City Council or the city's hands can be tied by ordinances that don't make any sense," Spradling said.

Twin Peaks issued the following statement:

"We have worked directly with City Council to meet the local zoning compliance for the opening of our mountain lodge-the med sports restaurant."

The restaurant's corporate office says it's already hiring staff for that location.

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