ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – The beloved Star City founder, The Roanoker, will close its doors after 81 years, according to a statement from the owner given to WDBJ7.
The owner Butch Craft thanked the community and said that an effort was made to try to sell the business to keep the restaurant running. Ultimately, the owner’s retirement and the struggles of running a business in today’s environment led to the closure of the local icon that will come either in late May or the first of June.
See below for the full statement:
“Our hearts are heavy when we make this difficult announcement. After 81[ads1] years of service in the Valley, The Roanoker will close in late May or early June.
We tried to sell the business to someone who wanted to keep the Roanoker food and customer service like the Warren family and we have tried to maintain.
To our very loyal and loyal customers, we will miss you and hate to disappoint you and take away “your” place to eat and socialize. This decision was not based on my retirement alone, but other factors brought us to this point. We can no longer struggle with all the problems of running a business.
We are grateful to all our loyal customers and employees who have made The Roanoker successful for 81 years. You have all been a blessing to us.
Roanoker is located at 2522 Colonial Avenue SW.
The restaurant is currently running with reduced schedule which you can find by visiting their Facebook page.
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