Winston-Salem may find the check more expensive than expected as he considers how to fit a restaurant in the first space inside the renovated Union Station building.
Deputy City Manager Ben Rowe told the Winston-Salem City Council Finance Committee on Monday that some city costs to prepare the top floor of Union Station for a future restaurant could be around $525,000 — not far off. double a previous estimate.
If the city also pays to install freezers, refrigerators and other kitchen equipment, Rowe said, the cost of preparing the space could be around $750,000. And none of the estimates take recent inflation into account.
“From the time you ordered off the menu to the time you paid your bill, the check went up,” council member Jeff MacIntosh said Tuesday.
In September 2020, the city released a list of minimum requirements that a potential restaurant operator had to meet: this included things like experience, a commitment to serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a minimum commitment of five years.
The listing also committed the city to pay $283,450 for the installation of basic restaurant equipment, including exhaust systems, grease traps and other basic items.
In late 2020, the city announced that a company would operate a restaurant in the space and received an offer from Elite Eats by RE LLC, which currently operates a restaurant business and the Wutyasay Food Truck.