Two coveted restaurants that announced to their arrival to Boaz in 2019 are still under construction, but city’s leaders are optimistic for doors to be opened soon.

Boaz Economic Development Director Kerry Walls said Shanghai Express, which announced in July that it would open at the former Momma Goldberg’s Deli location on U.S. Highway 431, is currently “wrapping up” construction and could open within the next 60 days.

The restaurant, which specializes in Asian Cuisine, has a location in Gadsden with several others across the state. It was voted Best Chinese Food Favorite in the 2018 Gadsden Times Readers’ Choice Awards.

Tre Ragazzi’s Italian Café will also be opening soon in Boaz at a building across from Boaz 9 Cinema in the outlets. With locations in Gadsden and Glencoe, owner Kevin Napper told The Reporter in June that he was ready to establish a flagship restaurant for his franchise. After taking a glance at other areas, Napper said the City of Boaz was the perfect place. Some things that Napper has planned for the Boaz location includes increasing the number of pizza ovens, seating close to 150 people and having live music.

In order to help land Tre Ragazzi’s, Boaz Mayor David Dyar and the City Council voted to spend more than $400,000 to renovate the restaurant’s part of the building. Projects include renovating the façade, painting the building, replacing part of the roof and putting in a heating and cooling unit for Tre Ragazzi’s.

Tre Ragazzi’s is also still under construction, but Walls said the weather has played a factor in prolonging the completion date.

“Construction is ongoing at Tre Ragazzi’s and we are hopeful we can wrap that up by spring,” Walls said. “Weather has hurt us at Tre Ragazzi’s because one of the big issues there is the roof, and it has to be a certain temperature to complete the type of repairs we are doing there.”

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