Blog reader AJ noted earlier this week that Cook-Out Restaurant had apparently started the construction process for a new restaurant on Hershberger Road. He is correct – ground has been broken in the 1400 block and I will keep you all updated on the progress.
But here’s some news I have not yet reported: Cook-Out is also putting a restaurant in Rocky Mount. Construction has begun on Old Franklin Turnpike between Sheetz and BB&T. Assistant town manager Matt Hankins told me this morning that all of the permits have been obtained and construction is underway on what locals refer to as “The 40 East Corridor.” He believes the company is aiming to open that location by the end of the year. The Franklin News Post first published this news today, I believe.
That’s further evidence of what we pretty much knew already – that Cook-Out is in the midst of a significant expansion into the territory of Southwest Virginia. They have already opened locations in Blacksburg and Fairlawn within the past year or so.