Brownwood City Council members awarded a  $350,100 bid Tuesday to Bill Ruth and Southside Partners/Fire House Development for the sale of the former Central Fire Station at Austin and Main.

The bid included three adjacent lots.

The partnership, which was the sole bidder, will lease out the property to tenants who will own and manage a restaurant a business, Ruth said via email.

Ruth described two possible concepts. One is to have a Chick-fil-A located on the property, and that would mean demolishing the existing building for a new building.

“That was our original intended tenant,” Ruth said. “I’m not too optimistic.”

If Chick-fil-A doesn’t locate there, the property will be used for a pizza restaurant and game room, Ruth said.

“If Chick-fil-A won’t commit, then it will be a pizza and game room in the existing building,” Ruth said.

The property has been vacant since the fire department moved into new Central Fire Station facilities in 2015.

Ruth said he used the Southside Partners name since the bid proposal requested a corporate name.

Firehouse Development, LLC will likely be the name the property will be incorporated under, Ruth said. He said he will be one of the owners of the property along with one or more partners.

“We are in initial talks with prospective tenants now,” Ruth said via email. “Gatti’s has a great food-entertainment concept.   We want to adopt the concept and even improve on it — party rooms for birthdays and a bigger and better game room. We may even add an upstairs movie room. 

“We also plan (besides having windows around the game room) to place cameras so parents can observe their children while they remain in the food area.  

Gattis did not consent as to allowing the stone oven pizza and few other items, Ruth said.

“We plan to renovate the building to have the Gatti’s Land concept, regardless of whether we franchise it or not,“ Ruth said. 

The concept will include pizza (buffet and stone oven), a salad bar, large game room, a drive-through and may include selling pizza that can be taken home and baked, Ruth said.

“In a separate structure, we will build it to accommodate  a nice coffee and tea business,” Ruth said. The structure will have two stories, an outside covered area and a drive-through, he said.

In other business Tuesday, council members: 

• Began discussing a request from the Central Texans Veterans Memorial Committee to re-locate the F-4 jet parked on display at the entrance to the Brownwood airport to Memorial Park.

The discussion ended when committee president Harold Stieber withdrew the request.

• Ratified earlier Brownwood Municipal Development District action for an infrastructure incentive for plumbing, curb and gutter work to Cullen Sliger for his business at 2909 Coggin for $5,715.

• Approved donating the World War II murals in the Camp Bowie Recreation Center to the Brown County Museum of History.

• Ratified earlier Brownwood Municipal Development District action to pay $49,600 for a  comprehensive facilities study for an event/convention center project.