The Roanoker closing its doors Sunday

The restaurant has been a Star City staple for 81 years

Staff at The Roanoker served its last meals on Sunday.

ROANOKE, Va. – The day has come for The Roanoker to serve its last meal after eight decades in the Roanoke Valley.

On Sunday, May 29, The Roanoker, a restaurant adored by many since 1941, will close permanently at the end of the day

In a statement to 10 News when The Roanoker first announced it was closing, owner Butch Craft said she tried to sell the business in an effort to keep the restaurant open, but unfortunately, her retirement and the challenges she faced while managing the business forced her to close it.

It was a decision that wasn’t an easy one and Craft said she is incredibly grateful for her customers, adding that she will miss them dearly.

Read Craft’s entire statement below:

Our hearts are heavy as we make this difficult announcement. After 81 years of serving the valley, The Roanoker will close at the end of May or the first of June.

We tried to sell the business to someone who would keep the Roanoker food and customer service the way the Warren family and we have strived to maintain.

To our very faithful 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 issues of running a business.

We are thankful to all our loyal customers and staff who have made The Roanoker successful for 81 years. All of you have been a blessing to us.

Butch Craft, Owner of The Roanoker Restaurant

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Nicole Del Rosario joined WSLS 10 in August 2020.