By KATIE LANDECK

News Herald Reporter

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PANAMA CITY — It’s official. Cracker Barrel has filed for a business application to open a location in Panama City.

The highly anticipated restaurant plans to set up shop at 520 E. 23rd St., inside the new Bay City Point development going up at the corner of 23rd Street and State “I’ve had a lot of people ask me about it,” said Mayor Greg Brudnicki. “It’s a great thing to have something we haven’t had before coming here.”

The development order is being reviewed by the city, according to Director of Planning and Economic Development Mike Lane.

Having a Cracker Barrel is likely to draw other businesses to the plaza, which is currently under construction. Previous difficulty nailing down anchor stores pushed the developers, R H Ledbetter Properties Inc., to divide construction into two phases.

“This may make other people make a decision to go and do something,” Brudnicki said. “I’m excited to see who else will follow suit.”