ROANOKE, Va. – After nearly two years in business, Deciphered Roanoke is closing its doors for good later this month.
The owners say the decision to close was "made with our heads and not with our hearts" as they look to "allow us as owners, and more importantly, the hard-working employees of Deciphered Roanoke, to pursue ambitions that lie in the form of other business interests and employment opportunities."
Since opening, the owners say they've had nearly 13,400 people attempt to escape from one of their rooms.
Bookings will be available through Feb. 23., and until closing, the cost will now be $15 per person or $75 for a room rental for up to six people.
Deciphered Roanoke sent this email Monday morning:
To Our Amazing Patrons of Deciphered Roanoke:
It’s truly with a heavy heart that we write to inform you that Deciphered Roanoke Escape Rooms will be closing its doors after two years of being a proud member of thriving community in the Greater Roanoke Area.
After much thoughtful deliberation, we have made this decision to close in an effort to allow us as owners, and more importantly, the hard-working employees of Deciphered Roanoke, to pursue ambitions that lie in the form of other business interests and employment opportunities.
This was truly a decision that was made with our heads and not with our hearts.
When we opened this business in March of 2017, our goal was to bring friends, family members, and professional teams together to enjoy the experience that escape rooms have to offer and to pave the way for community acceptance of this fast-growing industry.
Since we announced our opening, you have embraced us as with open arms not only as a business, but as a valuable member of the Greater Roanoke Community. We are blown away with the amount of support that we have received in this endeavor and cannot begin to thank you enough for all of your patronage and encouragement you have provided us.
Our team at Deciphered has had the pleasure of welcoming nearly 13,400 patrons through our doors during these past few years and we feel extremely fortunate to have met so many amazing individuals. We hope that you left with a smile on your face (even if you weren’t able to escape!) and that you felt welcomed at our establishment.
Looking out to these next few weeks, we will have bookings available through Saturday, February 23rd. We would love to see you and your group between now and then for one last experience with us if you have the opportunity to stop in.
Again, we feel extremely grateful for having this amazing opportunity to serve this area with amazing escape room experiences.
Please feel free to contact us personally if you have any comments, questions, or concerns.
Thank you all so much for an amazing two years.
All the best,
Ben, Brandon, and Luke