By Lindsey Nair
The Roanoke Times
More than five months after the Roanoke Weiner Stand left the downtown space it occupied for almost 100 years, the restaurant owners are in disagreement with Center in the Square over which party is responsible for completing the interior at its new location.
Weiner Stand co-owner Gus Chacknes said he only agreed to sign a lease for the new space because he thought it would be “turnkey,” meaning he would not have to pay for equipment hookup and other finishing touches.
But according to Center in the Square President Jim Sears, the organization and its contractors — architectural firm Spectrum Design and Thor Construction — met their responsibilities to the restaurant by August.
“Center in the Square had a commitment to keep the Weiner Stand and to do what we needed to do to keep it a viable operation,” Sears said. “But that did not include doing things the tenant had a responsibility to do.”
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