Macado’s has opened the doors to their latest restaurant in Vinton, Virginia. The restaurant has been built in the former Vinton public library building.
Customers at the soft opening said Macado’s will be a unique addition to the Vinton area. The front parking lot was completely full at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.
According to the chain, Macado’s has worked with local communities to restore civic buildings to public use since 1978, they explained the new Vinton location is a “showpiece of this commitment.”
Pastor B. Failes and others that work at Thrasher United Methodist were the first table to be seated at Macado’s.
“Vinton doesn’t really have a restaurant like this. We have a lot of great restaurants, don’t get me wrong. But we don’t have one in this kind of category in Vinton. It’ll be kind of a neat place to hang out, watch a game, eat – things like that,” Failes said.
They were so excited to try out the restaurant, which is across the street from their church, they ran to the doors. They figured they would beat the lunch crowd at 11:30 a.m. and they were right.
They said they weren’t intending to be the first customers but just got lucky.
“It’s been great to watch them to put this together and we’ve been coming over and talking to them. Just getting to know everyone who works here and everything, it’s been kind of neat.”
According to a Macado’s spokesman, every wall inside the restaurant will bring surprises from Vinton’s past, featuring dozens of examples of locally-sourced Vinton memorabilia, autographed rock n roll, sports souvenirs, and much more.
Roanoke County Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Jason Peters said the county is pleased to welcome its second Macado’s restaurant to the former Vinton Library.
“This redevelopment project represents the successful reuse of public property as a catalyst for economic development, and we are glad to continue partnering with the Town of Vinton in support of its revitalization efforts,” Peters said.
The restaurant has been long awaited and much anticipated by residents in the town. Construction began at the restaurant in the summer of 2017.
An open house was held to gather feedback on the restaurant in June of 2016. At the time, people viewed drawings of the outdoor dining areas and additional parking spaces that were planned for the property. Residents also weighed in on how they believe the changes would affect the surrounding neighborhoods.
The town council voted to rezone the old Vinton library for the Macado’s in July of 2016.
The first mention of the restaurant moving into the library was in April of 2016 when the owner of Macado’s put in an offer to buy the space next to the Vinton War Memorial on Washington Avenue.
The new restaurant is located at 800 East Washington Avenue.
It is the chain’s 22nd location and is bringing 60 jobs to the area.
A ribbon cutting for the restaurant is planned for Saturday, December 1 at 10:30 a.m. Can food donations will be accepted at the event for the Vinton Needy Family Program.