Stand the Test of Time
The restaurant recently relocated to a new spot in the Center in the Square building due to major renovations that are being done. The restaurant was forced to close for a few months last year in order to transition to the new space, but they have reopened and business appears to be going strong in the new location.
It’s weird for the Weiner Stand to no longer be in its historic spot on Campbell Avenue across from the City Market Building, but this new space offers more seating capacity and probably provided some major updates for the kitchen.
I recently stopped by the new Roanoke Weiner Stand location to see if any other changes had occurred at this classic downtown spot.
The hot dog buns are heated in a bun warmer machine and the hot dogs are served right off the flat top and topped with chili, mustard, and onions in one quick motion by a server who could probably complete the motions in her sleep. The chili is primarily made of ground beef and spices, which I think is much better than another restaurant in Downtown Roanoke that claims to have the best “chile” around.
My most recent visit reaffirmed to me that the location is the only thing that’s really changed about the Roanoke Weiner Stand. They still have their unique neon signs, tasty hot dogs, and regular customers who will pass the time by telling stories over an inexpensive meal.
To be frank (pun intended), there isn’t anything particularly special about the food. I personally prefer the hot dogs at Cook-Out or Fork in the Market. It’s a blue-collar lunch in a blue-collar town. But the way the Weiner Stand represents the history and nostalgia of Downtown Roanoke certainly makes it worth a visit.
Roanoke Weiner Stand
1 Market Square SE, Roanoke, VA 24011
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