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Blacksburg's Backstreets Restaurant closing, another moving in

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BLACKSBURG -

A restaurant that's served the New River Valley community for nearly 30 years will close its doors Saturday.

Long lines and hungry customers packed into Backstreets Pizza and Grill Friday.

"It's probably one of the best restaurants in Blacksburg" said Rich Clendening who works down the street and came in for one last meal. "I always get a spagatti which is a Stromboli with spaghetti and it which is a genius idea and nobody else does it."

"It's really sad that were losing this part of history" said Sara Tickle has been a customer for 13 years. "I had a first date here with the gentleman I dated for about three years. It all started here. A lot of graduation dinners here."

"We're going to miss our employees and friends and everything. It's been great being in Blacksburg and seeing it change over the years, but it's also exciting to move on to something new" said Eric Sturm, Backstreets' general manager.

Strum says the building will be torn down sometime after graduation and a new restaurant will open in its place next year.

"I think restaurants are great and of course we love restaurants because they also have meals tax attached to them, so from a selfish point of view, I think restaurants are just great downtown" said Blacksburg Mayor Ron Rordam who added the location is one that Mellow Mushroom is considering.

Mayor Rordam says with more living space and retailers going in across the street, the area is packed with potential.

"I think there are a lot of opportunities for anyone who wants to have a quality operation downtown" said Rordam who took his family to the restaurant over the years.

Backstreets will open for its last day Saturday at 11. They plan to be open until nine but say they're starting to run out of food.

Our calls to Mellow Mushroom were not returned.

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