Thursday, July 30, 2009

Burger in the Square’s New Sign Not Exactly “In the Square”

Burger Outside the Square

Burger Outside the Square

UPDATE: An August 10 ribbon-cutting looks probable. Board of Supervisor member Charlotte Moore wrote that “I like their food.  I am also anxious for them to open!” Moore will be at the ribbon cutting for certain.

Anita and Louis Wilson owners of the downtown Market building’s Burger in the Square spend as much time chatting with faithful customers as they do preparing for the opening of their new location in Roanoke County. I’ve tried not to bother them but my impatience got the better of me Thursday. What is it looking like? When will they open?

The prior tenant, Pit Boss Barbecue had not vacated as soon as expected putting the Wilsons two weeks behind in their renovations. They are ambitiously predicting an August 1 opening and ribbon cutting. Roanoke County Board of Supervisor member Charlotte Moore said, “yes, I will be there.”  The location is in Moore’s Cave Spring District where the Wilsons also make their home.

Thursday the carpet had been removed and the white tile floors were being stripped and waxed. Anita was not satisfied with the wax removal and “ordered” Louis to get a rougher pad, “the black one,” she suggested. Anita had painted the entire inside all by herself. Awards and photos hang on the wall, as do two high definition televisions. The new hood system is in and inspected. Doug Chittum of Roanoke County “has been a great help to us with prompt inspections and advice,” said Anita.

Anita and Louis took a break and we sat on the chairs outside their Brambleton Road location across from Cave Spring Corners and adjacent to Taco Bell. As they ate sandwiches we chatted about how they were feeling about the Market building renovation. Anita said they would keep the Market location until the City orders them to “turn out the lights.” They may even use the equipment from the Market to open a second location elsewhere.

The Cave Spring location will have customers’ favorite burgers and hotdogs but Louis says the menu is flexible. They plan to offer chicken sandwiches and solicit customer suggestions to broaden the menu.

As I sat outside on the chairs removed for the floor waxing one car after another pulled up asking them when they would open. As hard as the Wilsons are working they have never seemed as upbeat and optimistic about their future as they do now with their new location in the County.

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Business, Roanoke City Politics, Roanoke County Politics

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