It’s taking a lot longer than serving up a combo meal, but the Wendy’s fast-food restaurant at 8455 Roswell Road has a reopening in the works two years after a fire shut it down.
“We are working with our insurance company to get it rebuilt and remodeled, and hope to open soon,” said Jay Long, director of operations for PAP Enterprises, a Wendy’s franchise company that runs five metro Atlanta restaurants. “We’re certainly anxious to get going again.”
The fire at the restaurant, on Roswell Road between Northridge Parkway and Sullivan Hill Road, happened on Jan. 12, 2014, Long said, and the business has remained closed. Today, it is surrounded by a temporary chain link fence weighted down with split-open sandbags. The Wendy’s logo is gone and dumpsters sit along the building.
Some local residents and nearby business employees expressed concerns about the Wendy’s remaining vacant. Calling it a “burned-out eyesore,” Pitts Road resident Justin Moseley said, “It’s been sitting empty and ugly ever since [the fire], with no apparent signs of it being rebuilt.”
The property meets city code requirements, said city spokeswoman Marla Shavin. She said the delay in renovations is due to PAP and its insurance company entering arbitration.
Long declined to comment on PAP’s issues with its insurer.