The wait is nearly over for Roanokers who have been craving a steakburger; the Steak ‘n Shake at Crossroads Mall opens Thursday.
It’s been a long wait. It was nearly two years ago that the franchisee, Steaks of Virginia, announced their intentions to build the restaurant at Crossroads Mall in Roanoke.
The restaurant, however, was delayed because of work going on at two other Steak ‘n Shake restaurants in Fredericksburg and Richmond, the franchisee has said.
Work on the Roanoke restaurant began in November.
The restaurant, which employs about 160 people, opens at 10 a.m. Thursday. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. until May 22, when the hours will be 10 a.m. to midnight. Eventually the hours will expand to include breakfast, said Yianni Achilleos, a spokesman for the franchisee, which is based in Virginia Beach.
Steaks of Virginia is building at least two more restaurants in Virginia, Achilleos said. The next two will be in Hampton and in Virginia Beach, he said.