Blacksburg Famous Anthony’s set to reopen May 16
Updated at 10:32 a.m. on May 8: Town of Christiansburg spokeswoman Becky Wilburn confirmed the recently closed Famous Anthony’s Christiansburg location has paid all owed meal taxes.
BLACKSBURG — Famous Anthony’s this month is returning to the same space it once vacated in 2009 in Blacksburg on South Main Street.
According to Famous Anthony’s Vice President of Operations, Bonny Neale, the business will be corporately owned and will open May 16 at 1353 S. Main St.
Previously, the location was franchised by two business partners, Neale said.
Two former Famous Anthony’s, one in Blacksburg and one in Christiansburg and owned by William Webb and Brian Kuehn, ran into financial problems and fell behind in taxes owed to local government.
When the Blacksburg location closed, it owed the town its July meal-tax payment plus $417 in penalties and interest, Susan Kaiser, town finance director, told The Roanoke Times.
Friday Kaiser said the 2009 bill was paid in full by that December.
When the Christiansburg location closed, in December 2011, it owed unpaid meal taxes.
Christiansburg spokeswoman Becky Wilburn confirmed the location has paid all owed meal taxes.
Neale said Famous Anthony’s has remodeled and updated the space in Blacksburg.
“We knew it was a great location and we’re fortunate that no one else had moved into it,” Neale said.
According to Neale, several customers at other Famous Anthony’s locations have asked when the restaurant will move back to the New River Valley.
Those customers finally have an answer.
“It’s a growth opportunity for us,” Neale said. “We’re really excited to be back in the community.”
Neale said the location has hired 50 employees. Many of the employees are students at Virginia Tech, Radford University and students returning home for the summer.
Famous Anthony’s also hired several full-time positions, Neale added.
Neale hopes the Blacksburg Famous Anthony’s will embody the same atmosphere as the eight other locations throughout the Roanoke Valley and Lynchburg.
The menu will be consistent with other locations, but Neale expects changes to be made after the restaurant opens.
“We want to get in and find out what the community wants before we make any adjustments,” Neale said. “We get to know our customers and they become family.”
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