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Rooftop restaurant gets permit extension

Although the name, menu and opening date remain an enduring mystery, the proprietor says he aims to open Hendersonville’s only rooftop restaurant by fall.

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Last week the Hendersonville Historic Preservation Commission granted Bobby Rogers a six-month extension on two certificate of appropriateness permits he had previously received. Work still to come for the double storefront at 202-206 N. Main St. includes three fabric awnings on Main Street and three over single windows on Second Avenue East, paving of a gravel parking lot in back, landscaping next to the parking lot and installation of a metal illuminated sign consisting of five letters 30x18 inches and the color of oxidized copper. Rogers won’t say what the letters are. He’s currently taking bids on the design of the sign.
“I sincerely hope six months does take care of it,” he said of the extension the preservation granted. “I anticipate much of the exterior will be done sooner than that. In the morning we’re receiving refrigeration.”
A building contractor, Rogers said he hopes to focus on the rooftop restaurant in the coming months.
“We’ve put off a bunch of projects we were asked to do,” he said.
The building is owned by his parents, Rolla and Mary Rogers of Flat Rock. They bought the property in July 2010 for $1 million, tax records show. The .11-acre parcel and 12,600-square-foot building, built in 1928, is valued on the tax roll at $568,200.