BY EMILY THOMPSON
FARMINGTON - As promised by the mayor, city council and Station Park developers, major players are coming to the field in this previously retail-starved city.
The council unanimously passed two motions allowing for a popular restaurant chain to open and operate a restaurant and liquor bar within their city.
Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar, a Seattle-based restaurant company that has been very successful across the Northwest, is slated to open soon at Station Park.
A public hearing was held to hear comments from residents regarding the presence of such a business within the fountain and family play area of Station Park. Only two people attended and shared their opinions, asking the mayor and council to not approve the business if the name stayed the same as their other locations.
They learned that Farmington Mayor Scott Harbertson had already secured an agreement with the company president for Twigs to change its signs. “When we met with Twigs, we wanted to make sure that they understood the nature of our city and community and we are excited about their upcoming opening,” the mayor said.
At the request of the mayor and council, the name will not include the signature “and Martini Bar” that is well-known as part of the brand in the company’s other locations.
“We know that it is not an easy decision to make when you have branded yourself, and it is a successful brand,” said councilmember Jim Talbot.