Plans to demolish the Applebee's restaurant and build a 14,000-square-foot Trader Joe's -- one of Boulder's most highly anticipated businesses -- earned approval Thursday night.

The Planning Board voted 5-1 in favor of the plans for the southeast corner of 28th and Walnut streets, with some conditions. The approval could be final unless the City Council calls it up for a review.

The plans did not draw any public comments Thursday night but did spark lots of board discussion, which led to the addition of several conditions designed to enhance the pedestrian experience in keeping with the surrounding Twenty Ninth Street mall.

The conditions included that Trader Joe's install a raised, concrete crosswalk across the vehicle access to 28th Street on the west side of the site. The board also requested that additional bike parking be installed at the southwest corner of the site and that an entry plaza on the southwest corner of the building be moved out farther.

Trader Joe's must also emphasize and further pronounce its main entrance with direct unobstructed access to 28th Street.

Board member Leonard May at one point suggested Trader Joe's reconfigure its interior so that the backs of refrigerator cases that would run along the Walnut Street side of the building give way to windows or some other element to attract the eye. Hypothetical ideas that could liven up the northwest corner of the building included the addition of seating in the store. These ideas did not sit well with Doug Yokomizo, Trader Joe's vice president of real estate.

"These cases come in standard sizes. If there is an opportunity to add windows there, then sure, but some of the things I've heard ... are things that just are not going to happen," Yokomizo said. "We are not going to change our concept to meet the planning objectives of a particular city."

David Driskell, the city staff liaison to the Planning Board, said the Trader Joe's developers will now work with the staff on technical documents, though the City Council does have the power to call up the plans.

Trader Joe's is expected to open in mid-summer.

The board also reviewed plans submitted by the owners of John's Restaurant, which received unanimous approval Thursday night.

The longtime local dining institution is seeking to move from 2328 Pearl St. to an office building at 2014 Pearl St., which, with board approval, will be modified by the addition of a kitchen and dining area off the back of the building and a 329-square-foot outdoor patio.

The board signed off on plans to expand hours at the new location -- John's will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. seven days a week, with brunch on Sundays -- and allowed for the restaurant to operate with just four on-site parking spaces as opposed to the required 25.

The restaurant will get by with on-street parking, pedestrian and bicycle access and a deal worked out with future neighbor Peerless Tires 4 Less to accommodate diners, officials said.

There was a concern that the future site of John's qualified for landmark status, but it was determined it had already been modified too heavily.

John's chef and owner Corey Buck said Thursday's approval felt like a "new lease on life."

He said construction at the new site will begin immediately, and John's could be open in its new home by May or June. ___

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  • Biggest Disappointments: Trader Joe's Breakfast Burritos (2/10 points)

    Breakfast: The most important meal of the day, and should be the hardest to screw up. Somehow, TJ's did. It ought to be impossible for eggs, potatoes and bacon to be so bland and nondescript, but yeah, you're better off with cardboard. Much better option: <a href="http://www.whatsgoodattraderjoes.com/2011/05/trader-joes-breakfast-scramble-of-eggs.html" target="_hplink"><strong>Trader Joe's Breakfast Scramble</strong></a>. <a href="http://www.whatsgoodattraderjoes.com/2011/07/trader-joes-breakfast-burritos.html" target="_hplink"><strong>Read more about Trader Joe's Breakfast Burritos</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit: © What's Good at Trader Joe's?</em>

  • Biggest Disappointments: Trader Joe's Chicken Breast In Poblano Sauce (2/10 points)

    You say poblano, I say po-BLAND-o, and yeah, you're better calling the whole thing off. Absolutely void of any redeeming qualities. Blecch. Much better option: <a href="http://www.whatsgoodattraderjoes.com/2012/05/trader-joses-chicken-in-red-mole.html" target="_hplink"><strong>Trader Jose's Chicken in Red Mole</strong></a>. <a href="http://www.whatsgoodattraderjoes.com/2012/04/trader-joes-chicken-breast-in-poblano.html" target="_hplink"><strong>Read more about Trader Joe's Chicken Breast in Poblano Sauce</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit: © What's Good at Trader Joe's?</em>

  • Biggest Disappointments: Trader Joe’s S’mores (5.5/10 points)

    A s’mores-inspired ice cream sandwich should be a surefire slam dunk, so when the end product is a melty mess that lacks in both the graham cracker and chocolate department, well, we’ll pass. Much better option: <a href="http://www.whatsgoodattraderjoes.com/2011/09/trader-joes-sublime-ice-cream.html" target="_hplink"><strong>Trader Joe’s Sublime Ice Cream Sandwiches</strong></a>. <a href="http://www.whatsgoodattraderjoes.com/2011/09/trader-joes-smores.html" target="_hplink"><strong>Read more about Trader Joe’s S’mores</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit: © What's Good at Trader Joe's?</em>

  • Best Of The Rest: Trader Joe's Organic Popping Corn (9/10 points)

    TJ's popcorn is one of the best incarnations of the stovetop classic we've found yet. Nearly every kernel pops into a big, fluffy piece that's versatile to go with any seasoning while remaining melt-in-mouth soft. Make up a batch with Trader Joe's Coconut Oil for an especially good treat. <a href="http://www.whatsgoodattraderjoes.com/2011/12/trader-joes-organic-popping-corn.html" target="_hplink"><strong>Read more Trader Joe's Organic Popping Corn</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit: © What's Good at Trader Joe's?</em>

  • Best Of The Rest: Trader Joe's Organic Tomatillo And Roasted Yellow Chile Salsa (8.5/10 points)

    The only thing this salsa lacks is just a tad more heat. Other than that, it's impossible to argue with this smooth, smoky, full-flavored salsa offering. It's our favorite Trader Joe's salsa, and it's not all that close. <a href="http://www.whatsgoodattraderjoes.com/2011/11/trader-joes-organic-tortilla-longboard.html" target="_hplink"><strong>Read more about Trader Joe's Organic Tomatillo and Roasted Yellow Chile Salsa</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit: © What's Good at Trader Joe's?</em>

  • Best Of The Rest: Trader Joe's Arancini Bites (8.5/10 points)

    You know those breaded mozzarella sticks all the kiddies like? Imagine those, all grown up and dressed real nice, with a respectable haircut and a sense of responsibility. The arancini bites are exactly that, except even better. <a href="http://www.whatsgoodattraderjoes.com/2012/02/trader-joes-arancini-bites.html" target="_hplink"><strong>Read more about Trader Joe's Arancini Bites</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit: © What's Good at Trader Joe's?</em>

  • Easy Dinners: Trader Joe's Vegetable Masala Burgers (8/10 points)

    Believe in Meatless Mondays? Believe in these, too. Dress them up like a regular burger, or experiment with something a little more exotic. No matter what you do, you can't go wrong. <a href="http://www.whatsgoodattraderjoes.com/2012/05/trader-joes-vegetable-masala-burgers.html" target="_hplink"><strong>Read more about Trader Joe's Vegetable Masala Burgers</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit: © What's Good at Trader Joe's?</em>

  • Easy Dinners: Trader Joe’s Corn Penne Pasta (8/10 points)

    Gluten-free folks deserve some darn good pasta, too, right? Cook these up like any other noodle, toss on whatever sauce, veggies, meatballs, whatever and BOOM. Dinner’s served. <a href="http://www.whatsgoodattraderjoes.com/2012/02/trader-joes-corn-penne-pasta.html" target="_hplink"><strong>Trader Joe’s Corn Penne Pasta</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit: © What's Good at Trader Joe's?</em>

  • Easy Dinners: Trader Joe's Macaroni And Cheese (8/10 points)

    While certainly not as good as homemade, this is way better than the more famous blue box. For a fun, spicy twist on this American classic, dash in some Trader Joe's Habenero Sauce... if you dare. <a href="http://www.whatsgoodattraderjoes.com/2012/04/trader-joes-macaroni-and-cheese.html" target="_hplink"><strong>Read more about Trader Joe's Macaroni and Cheese</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit: © What's Good at Trader Joe's?</em>

  • Unusual Good Finds: Trader Joe’s Edamame Hummus (8.5/10 points)

    A unique take on the classic formula, the edamame hummus certainly tastes the part while retaining a smooth, creamy texture. It’s even better when matched with the TJ Quinoa and Black Bean Infused Tortilla Chips, or perhaps our next entry. <a href="http://www.whatsgoodattraderjoes.com/2012/03/trader-joes-quinoa-and-black-bean.html" target="_hplink"><strong>Read more about Trader Joe’s Edamame Hummus</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit: © What's Good at Trader Joe's?</em>

  • Unusual Good Finds: Trader Joe’s Shrimp Corn Dogs (8/10 points)

    I can hear the cynics from here: “Yeah, batter up anything and deep-fry it on a stick, people will eat it.” Yeah, well, read the product again, slowly: Shrimp. Corn. Dogs. That is not a misprint. <a href="http://www.whatsgoodattraderjoes.com/2012/01/trader-joes-shrimp-corn-dogs.html" target="_hplink"><strong>Read more about Trader Joe’s Shrimp Corn Dogs</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit: © What's Good at Trader Joe's?</em>

  • Unusual Good Finds: Trader Joe's Lamb Vindaloo (7.5/10 points)

    Right, lamb and vindaloo aren't all that unusual for those familiar with Indian cuisine... but to have a frozen entree of it that's absolutely delicious, straight out of a microwave, of all things? I mean, it's microwavable lamb. Now that's unusual, and that's before what your coworkers will think of your lunch. Amazing, but it needs more lamby bits. <a href="http://www.whatsgoodattraderjoes.com/2011/10/trader-joes-lamb-vindaloo.html" target="_hplink"><strong>Read more about Trader Joe's Lamb Vindaloo</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit: © What's Good at Trader Joe's?</em>

  • Sugary Impulse Buys: Trader Joe's Journey To The Center Of The Cookie (9/10 points)

    These warm, gooey, choco-swamped fresh-outta-the-oven awesome-with-ice-cream cookies were our constant temptress when we (Russ and Sandy) gave up sweets for Lent. Don't ask us how we made it through. <a href="http://www.whatsgoodattraderjoes.com/2012/03/trader-joes-journey-to-center-of-cookie.html" target="_hplink"><strong>Read more about Trader Joe's Journey to the Center of the Cookie</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit: © What's Good at Trader Joe's?</em>

  • Sugary Impulse Buys: Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Wafer Cookies (8.5/10 points)

    Combine dark chocolate and peanut butter AND wafers and cookies and what’s the result? An empty bag in minutes. Those with low willpower, avert your eyes. <a href="http://www.whatsgoodattraderjoes.com/2012/04/trader-joes-dark-chocolate-covered.html" target="_hplink"><strong>Read more about Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Wafer Cookies</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit: © What's Good at Trader Joe's?</em>

  • Sugary Impulse Buys: Trader Joe's Sea Salt & Turbinado Sugar Dark Chocolate Almonds (7.5/10 points)

    We tend to think these are a tad overrated, but that doesn’t mean they’re not any good. If these nutty treats were left off the list, our fans would be storming the castle with pitchforks. <a href="http://www.whatsgoodattraderjoes.com/2012/03/trader-joes-sea-salt-turbinado-sugar.html" target="_hplink"><strong>Read more about Trader Joe's Sea Salt & Turbinado Sugar Dark Chocolate Almonds</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit: © What's Good at Trader Joe's?</em>

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