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Restaurant With A Lot Of History Being Torn Down In St. Albans

Reported: Dec. 30, 2013 10:55 AM EST
Updated: Dec. 31, 2013 9:54 AM EST
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ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (Kallie Cart) -- A building that has a lot of history in St. Albans is being torn down.

Crews are tearing down the Shoney's along Route 60 this week.

St. Albans Mayor Dick Callaway said this restaurant has had a lot of history. He said while it's bittersweet to see it go, Callaway said it's also an exciting time for St. Albans because a new business will soon take over the land, bringing more money to his city.

"It's really a landmark coming down and also a lot of history that people have developed here personally because of the meals they've had over the years and, of course, this being one of the primary locations of Shoney's from the get-go," Callaway said. "So we're losing a piece of history here today."

Shoney's closed its doors at this location in February 2012.

The owner of the land, Doug Skaff, said his family has owned this property for years and he is also excited for what the future of this land brings.

"It's sad because you see part of the community coming down, but it's very exciting because this means the mark of a new generation and a new era of something new to come for a lot of us to partake in and enjoy," Skaff said.

Skaff said the spot is still up for grabs. There have been rumors that a Ruby Tuesday's is going in the spot, Skaff says they have reached out to that restaurant chain, as well as Perkins, Bob Evans, Fat Patty's and Wendy's, but nothing official has been determined. Skaff hopes to know by the end of January what will be taking over the land.

As for the work going on at Shoney's, Skaff said it should be finished by Friday.



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