Roy Rogers to return to La Plata

A familiar restaurant soon could return to La Plata.

Plamondon, a company based in Frederick that owns Roy Rogers restaurant franchises, is looking to open a Roy Rogers at the former Arby’s restaurant at 6370 Crain Hwy., by the fall, Melanie Dyer, the director of marketing for Plamondon Cos., wrote in an e-mail last month.

“Our previous location in La Plata did very well for us, and we are looking forward to being part of the community again,” Dyer wrote.

Town residents also are looking forward to the return of the fast-food franchise specializing in roast beef sandwiches, fried chicken and hamburgers.

“I’m all for it. I liked the old Roy Rogers, and I was sorry to see them go,” said La Plata resident Michael Runfola, who added that he knows many people who miss the restaurant.

La Plata had a Roy Rogers restaurant from 1983 to 2007, co-owned by Kenneth Gould Sr. and his son, Ken Gould Jr., where Walgreens now sits, 6300 Crain Hwy.

The restaurant closed in 2007 because developer Phillips Edison & Co. bought the property in 2006 and asked the Goulds to vacate it to make way for the pharmacy, the Maryland Independent reported in 2007.

Ken Gould Jr. said he was happy to hear of the new Roy Rogers restaurant.

“It will be weird because I’m not associated with it. A lot of people enjoyed Roy Rogers, and I’m sure they’ll be happy that it is coming back. I think it will do very well,” Gould said.

Plamondon already is making plans to move forward with the project. Dyer said last month that financing is being put in place to acquire the property at the former Arby’s restaurant.

Plamondon also is planning facade enhancements and sign plan approvals to the site, receiving approvals from the town’s Design Review Board on July 11.

“I’m happy to see them coming. They were a very popular place when they were here before. A number of people have heard rumors about it, and I’m sure they’re happy about it,” La Plata council member Joseph Norris said, adding that the restaurant would occupy an empty building, which would get the area active again.

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