Shoney’s has been a long time coming, and it’s going to be even longer.
As of now, the building, which was initially supposed to be completed over a year ago, seems to have hit many snags on the way to opening its doors.
Local contractor Pat Burgin has been working on the building. He said there is still not an estimated time of completion.
“Wait about two weeks, and you’ll have some answers,” he said.
Although there is still obviously some work that has to be done for the business to open, Junaluska Sanitary District confirmed earlier this year that water and sewer has been run to the property.
While there has been some speculation on social media that there may be pending lawsuit holding up construction, that is not true. There are no pending lawsuits involving Burgin, Shoney’s or property owner Gary Lowe.
And yet it does seem like the business still has a ways to go to open up.
Haywood County Building Inspector Bruce Crawford said the ABC permit can’t be issued until the certificate of occupancy is issued.
That can’t be done until the fire marshal deems the building is up to code. That has yet to happen, although Crawford did note he is actively working with Burgin and Lowe.
“We met with the owner a couple three weeks ago and gave him a list of things we saw,” he said.
In an earlier interview, Lowe said he expects the restaurant will have seating for 150 and provide 60 jobs.