Athens is getting a Cotton Patch restaurant.
The long rumored restaurant was confirmed Wednesday on the Cotton Patch Facebook page. The company says it expects to open the store in the summer.
According to city officials, it will go up between Pizza Hut and Whataburger on SH 31.
The following is from the Cotton Patch Facebook page: “We’re Growing Cotton!! 2014 welcomes new locations in Greenville, Athens, Historic Downtown Grapevine, and a complete rebuild in Corsicana! Tell us where you’d like to see us #growingcotton next! For career opportunities, please visit http://www.cottonpatch.com/main/careers.htm.”