According to the franchisee, Steaks of Virginia, the restaurant is still coming. Steaks of Virginia is in the process of applying for a new building permit, Lee Garvin, the franchisee’s director of real estate and development, said this week. (This building permit, filed in 2011, has expired.)
Lee cited the development of other restaurants in the state, including those in Richmond, Virginia Beach and Fredericksburg, as the primary reason for the delay.
Asked when construction might start on the Roanoke restaurant, Lee replied: “As quick as we can.” He wouldn’t give a timeframe.
I checked Roanoke city’s online building permits and as of Thursday afternoon nothing new had been filed for Steak ‘n Shake. I check the building permits regularly, so if/when I see something I’ll let you know.
Meanwhile, food writer Lindsey Nair reported last month on her blog that construction on a Cook Out restaurant has started adjacent from the Steak ‘n Shake site.