Fresh off a remodel that gave it an updated look, the downtown Wendy's is now looking for something to make it stand out even more.
The fast-food restaurant at 1336 Q St. is seeking city permission for a sidewalk cafe.
Plans submitted to the city's Urban Design Committee show an area on the Q Street side that's about 7 feet wide by 38 feet long with five tables and a metal railing.
City Planner Ed Zimmer said such a request from a fast-food restaurant was unusual but within the rules regarding outdoor seating areas downtown.
The Urban Design Committee voted Tuesday to recommend approval of the plan in general, but members asked that Wendy's consider different material for the tables and chairs.
The downtown Wendy's was the first of the chain's six Lincoln locations to get its new look.
The restaurant closed for several weeks in November and December — although the drive-through remained open — so that it could get updates including new counters, seats and menu boards, along with a new interior look.
A building permit filed in November estimated the cost of the work at $200,000.