CHARLOTTE, N.C. – After 86 years of selling hot dogs, Green's Lunch restaurant says it has hit pay dirt.
"It’s about time," said owner Joanna Sikiotis.
She's watched the Charlotte City Council like a pitcher watches the runner on first base.
"We were offered buyouts before when the Panthers came. Then they stopped. Now they're starting again, but I'm not selling," she said.
Sikiotis says developers want her land to build hotels and restaurants near the newly approved BB&T Ballpark for the Charlotte Knights. Right now much of the nearby land is occupied by parking lots.
"I go to Panthers and Bobcats games," said 10-year-old John Archer while he ate lunch at Green’s with his dad. They say they'll make a trip to uptown now for more than lunch.
"I think it's very convenient and I like going to Greens. And I’m a fan of going to sports," said Archer.
Sikiotis said the ballpark will bring more people uptown and give Third Ward the boost it needs.
Archer said he plans to take the light rail to games and if Green’s opens for dinner, he says he'll grab a hot dog there.
York County Manager Jim Baker says Fort Mill is sad to lose the Knights. The county, though, is already planning a study on how to use the property the Knights have called home since 1990.