The Mountain Home City Council approved the annexation of several parcels of unincorporated land along U.S. Highway 62 Business into the city on Thursday night, possibly paving the way for a Steak ‘n Shake restaurant to be built in town.

Ted Sanders, the Mountain Home attorney handling the annexation of the properties into the city for the landowners involved, told the City Council on Thursday night that a parcel on the corner of Highway 62 Business and Oak Drive/County Road 28 would be the site of a yet-to-be constructed Steak ‘n Shake.

“When it comes to new stores and restaurants, I don’t believe it until it comes up out of the ground,” said Sanders, who stressed to The Bulletin on Friday that he did not represent the Steak ‘n Shake chain or its prospective franchisee.

Steak ‘n Shake is a casual restaurant chain whose signature items include premium hamburgers and hand-dipped milkshakes. It has more than 600 locations, with the closest to Mountain Home including restaurants in Branson, Poplar Bluff and Jonesboro.

The property mentioned by Sanders is owned by Glory MTH Properties, a limited liability company registered with the Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office. According to paperwork filed with the state on April 8, Glory MTH Properties has a west Little Rock mailing address and lists Sadia Ali as the business’ registered agent and incorporator/organizer.

City officials The Bulletin contacted Friday regarding Glory MTH Properties could not confirm that the LLC was connected to the Steak ‘n Shake restaurant corporation. While the officials said they had never directly spoken to Glory MTH Properties representatives, they nonetheless referred to the parcel as “the Steak ‘n Shake property” while discussing that piece of land Friday.

The Glory MTH Properties parcel is located on the northern side of Highway 62 Business, across Oak Drive from D&D Safe Storage.The Glory MTH property was one of 18 parcels that had petitioned the Council to annex them into the city. The annexed property begins east of Bobby Sue’s restaurant and continues along Highway 62 Business until Buzzard Roost Cutoff, with the Hale’s Galaxy of Fireworks building being excluded.

The largest business included in the annexation is Warehouse Liquor, located on the corner of Highway 62 Business and Meadow View Terrace. The annexation adds one additional resident to the city’s population.

The annexed land also includes two large undeveloped parcels, one located on the north side of Highway 62 and the other located south of the highway.

The properties being annexed into the city will be connected to the City of Mountain Home’s municipal sewer system. Water and Sewer Director Alma Clark said Friday that it would take the city about six months to build out sewer lines to the Glory MTH Properties parcel. Rocky conditions could prolong the time the city needs to complete the expansion, she said.

The annexed properties are responsible for the materials used in the sewer lines’ expansion; the City of Mountain Home will provide the labor for the project.

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