Yokosuka Chili’s nears mid-December opening
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The base’s Chili’s Grill & Bar restaurant — said to be the largest in the world when finished — is anticipated to open in mid-December, according to base officials.
Initially slated to open this fall, the $2.2 million project encountered construction delays at the base’s former Seaside Club.
“The current construction delay is due to a rework of finishes in the facility to meet the requirements of the Chili’s franchise,” said base spokesman Tetuan Moffet in an e-mail Friday. “Once construction is complete, I understand there will be a 30-day training period for the staff.”
That puts the prospective grand opening at Dec. 14, with construction expected to be finished next week, said Christy Lohr, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Far East spokeswoman.
Yokosuka’s Chili’s will seat 272, and will match Chili’s stateside restaurants in its color scheme and decor, Lohr said.
The project is a combined effort of Commander, Navy Installations Command and Yokosuka’s Public Works Department. Shaw Construction received the contract in the United States and worked with local sub-contractors, Lohr said. Construction started in February.
Chili’s has 150 locations outside the U.S. mainland, including Guam, Kadena Air Base on Okinawa and Osan Air Base in South Korea.
A groundbreaking ceremony for another Chili’s was held Friday at Yokota Air Base, Japan, with completion expected in summer 2009.