Cook-Out headed downtown
Published 10:15 pm Thursday, September 18, 2014
An abandoned hotel on North Main Street appears set to be the future location of Suffolk’s first Cook-Out.
The North Carolina-headquartered fast-food chain has purchased the Red Carpet Inn — presumably for a future new eatery.
Cook Out-Suffolk Inc., a business entity granted a charter by Virginia on Aug. 14, purchased the hotel at 1017 N. Main St. for $1.55 million, a deal recorded with Suffolk Circuit Court on Sept. 9.
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According to the city spokeswoman Diana Klink, Suffolk Police found the hotel vacant and unsecured on Sept. 8.
“Planning and Community Development conducted an inspection and found that the structure was unsafe and was therefore condemned,” Klink said in an email. “The Fire Marshal’s Office was also notified.”
A Suffolk News-Herald reader reported seeing “emergency personnel all over the place.”
It is understood the Cook-Out will likely open in early 2015. No one was available at the corporate office Tuesday or Thursday to discuss the plans on the record, and messages for chief executive officer Jeremy Reaves were not returned.
Renowned for fare “cooked outdoors style,” Cook-Outs are located in North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia and elsewhere in Virginia, including Norfolk, Newport News, Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Williamsburg.