In July, the Steaks of Virginia franchisee announced that it was opening several Steak ‘n Shake restaurants in Virginia, including one in Roanoke outside Crossroads Mall on Hershberger Road.
The restaurant was initially set to open in December, then it was early summer.
To date, construction has yet to begin, and the site sits empty (except for some weeds and trash which resulted in this June 6 citation from the city).
Lee Garvin, the franchisee’s director of real estate and development, said the project was initially delayed because of the opening of a Steak ‘n Shake in Richmond. Then they ran into problems with the building plan for the Roanoke restaurant and had alter the design. On Tuesday he told me that his department has been sidetracked with other projects (they are building a restaurant in Virginia Beach and Fredericksburg), but that they are getting “real close” to breaking ground in Roanoke. He wouldn’t give a time frame.
I mentioned that several readers had given up hope of ever getting a hand-dipped milkshake and steakburger in Roanoke.
“We’re coming. Trust me. We’re coming,” he said.
Steaks of Virginia has already invested in the Roanoke restaurant. It purchased the property at Crossroads in November for $1 million, according to city real estate records.