Construction is nearly complete on Roanoke’s Steak ‘n Shake restaurant, but it will be mid-May before the eatery begins serving steakburgers and hand-dipped milkshakes.
The restaurant at Crossroads Mall is slated to open May 16, said Lee Garvin, director of real estate and development for the franchisee, Steaks of Virginia.
The hold up is some pieces of equipment that haven’t come in yet, Garvin said. When pressed, he would not specify what type of equipment the restaurant is waiting on.
The opening has been a long time coming for Steak ‘n Shake lovers. The project was first announced in July 2011, but was delayed several times while the franchisee built restaurants in other parts of the state. Construction on the Roanoke restaurant began in late November.
Meanwhile, business is still steady at the nearby Cook-Out restaurant, which opened in December. I drove past the restaurant on a recent weekend and the drive through line snaked through the parking lot. On other occasions I’ve seen the line of customers dining in extend the length of the restaurant and overflow outside. Do you think Steak ‘n Shake will take some of that business away once it opens?