Arts reporter Mike Allen has a brief update on the $27 million Center In the Square renovations happening downtown, which prompted me to seek updates on the Roanoke Weiner Stand and the planned rooftop restaurant.
The Weiner Stand, a downtown fixture since it opened in 1916, will have to close in May so that construction can continue on that side of the building. The hot dog eatery will be closed for two to three months before it can move into a new location, closer to the CIS entrance, said Weiner Stand manager Tonia George.
The Weiner Stand’s last day open is May 5.
As for the rooftop restaurant, CIS has contracted with Hall Associates to find a tenant. Commercial real estate agent Jim Deyerle told me this morning that he’s in early talks with several national restaurant chains and local individuals who have said they are interested.
A request for proposals says the restaurant will be 4,250 square feet, with an additional 1,756 square feet of outdoor seating. Deyerle said that the floor plans are flexible, with room for one large restaurant or as many as three small restaurants.
There is also room for outdoor seating near the butterfly garden, Deyerle said. The restaurant could use the seating, or it could be a common area.
The rooftop work is scheduled to be completed in 2013.