Wine bar to replace Woodstock’s ‘Hot Dog Heaven’

Artist’s rendering depicts “Rootstock & Vine,” a wine-and-dessert bar to occupy the former Hot Dog Heaven building in downtown Woodstock. VINTNER’S ENTERTAINMENT GROUP LLC

Hot Dog Heaven in downtown Woodstock – the fast-food joint briefly famous last summer when Waffle House proposed, and then withdrew, plans for a restaurant there – is to be turned into “Rootstock & Vine,” a wine-and-dessert bar with a rooftop deck.

The plans came to light when the new owner of the closed hot dog stand, at 8558 Main St., approached Woodstock about construction access to a sidewall now blocked by a city-owned building at 8560 Main. The city acquired that building in 2009 for an eventual widening of Towne Lake Parkway/Arnold Mill Road.

The City Council recently voted to declare the 8560 building surplus and have it demolished at a cost not to exceed $20,000, and to provide for a temporary construction easement so work can start on Rootstock & Vine.

A Facebook page for Vintner's Entertainment Group LLC says, "Our plans are to preserve the original building while expanding the building to the back of the property while keeping the historic look. The entire building will have a complete rooftop deck hosting the Vintner's Rooftop overlooking the new Downtown Woodstock Amphitheater."


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