The Roanoke Weiner Stand is on track to reopen in downtown Roanoke within “a couple of weeks,” according to owner Gus Chacknes.
The reopening date came into question recently because of a dispute between Chacknes and Center in the Square over the move-in condition of the restaurant’s new space in the Roanoke City Market. In May, the 96-year-old Weiner Stand had to move from its original corner location on Campbell Avenue to make way for a new box office, which is part of a $28 million renovation.
Chacknes said last month that he agreed to relocate because he thought the new space would be “turnkey,” meaning he would only have to purchase food, turn on equipment and open the door to customers. Instead, he said, major work still needed to be done more than five months after his restaurant closed, and the delay was costing him much-needed income.
Center in the Square president Jim Sears and project manager Ron Cronise disagreed, saying they had already done far more than they were obligated to do to help Chacknes get ready to reopen. Nevertheless, Sears said he and Cronise have addressed Chacknes’ concerns. It also appears that the major hang-up — the approved installation of two hot dog bun warmers that were at the original location for more than 50 years — is nearly resolved.
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