The wait for those hand-dipped milkshakes and steak burgers is almost over.
Construction on Roanoke’s Steak ‘n Shake restaurant at Crossroads Mall is coming along. The shell of the building is standing, though some work remains to be done on the exterior. If the weather doesn’t cause any trouble, the restaurant should be open in early March, according to the franchisee.
Roanokers have been waiting on the restaurant to open since the summer of 2011, when it was announced that the franchisee Steaks of Virginia would build the restaurant in Roanoke. The project, however, was delayed by other Steak ‘n Shake openings elsewhere in Virginia. Construction on the Roanoke restaurant started in late November.
Lee Garvin, the franchisee’s director of real estate and development, didn’t want to give an exact opening date because he said the weather might put them behind.
“It’s tough to build in the winter,” he said. “We’re looking forward to getting it open.”
Steak ‘n Shake is holding interviews daily at a trailer at the construction site. A Craigslist ad says the restaurant is hiring for cashiers, host/hostess, dishwashers, servers, shift supervisors and more.