The Flat Rock Grille and Texas Steakhouse restaurants at Valley View were torn down this week as a developer gets ready to build a Hampton Inn & Suites.
Once the debris is cleared, workers will import dirt to level the site and put in underground utilities, according to Charlie Byers, general manager of Thomas Properties, the Tennessee-based developer building the hotel.
Byers expects that workers will begin laying the foundation next week.
Construction “will go fairly fast,” Byers said. The 126-room, five-story hotel will open within a year.
A building permit filed in Roanoke values the construction at $10.8 million.
The hotel will sit on about 2.5 acres of land where the restaurants were located. Flat Rock Grille closed in 2008 after the owners filed for bankruptcy. Texas Steakhouse closed October 2011.