Customers, employees remember restaurant owner as staple in Radford community
The advertiser paid a fee to promote this sponsored article and may have influenced or authored the content. The views expressed in this article are those of the advertiser and do not necessarily reflect those of this site or affiliated companies. RADFORD, Va. – During any other lunch hour, the parking lot of Hank’s Drive-In in Radford would be packed with hungry customers. “It’s been a good place, and he made it a good place,” said customer Ronald Combs. “Hank’s been a major staple in all of our lives,” said Shenna Viers, Hank’s niece and the current owner.
Sheetz offering free cold brew on Tuesday if you order through the app
In honor of National Coffee Day on Tuesday, Sheetz is making your caffeine fix on the house. Customers who order through the Sheetz app on Tuesday can get a free cold brew coffee in any size and flavor. The offer is valid at all 611 Sheetz locations across the mid-Atlantic. Customers can pick up their free cold brew in store or by using curbside pickup.
Don’t pull up a chair: Bar seating not allowed in Virginia’s Phase 3 reopening
SALEM, Va. – More parts of Virginia are now open under Phase Three of the state’s reopening plan, but Gov. Northam decided to keep bar seating at restaurants closed for the indefinite future because of social distancing concerns. Bob Rotanz, owner of Mac & Bob’s Restaurant in Salem, told 10 News he was excited to have customers back at his bar seating. “It seemed like when they talked about the flare ups, whether in Myrtle Beach, Florida, Texas, or wherever, the word, ‘bar’ kept coming in there. I’m really not surprised...disappointed, but not surprised.”Although bar seating is off limits, restaurants no longer have to limit their capacity, as long as every group is at least six feet apart.
Bar seating will be prohibited in Virginia restaurants during Phase 3, Gov. Northam says
Ralph Northam is taking a late step to keep people from gathering at bars as the state prepares to enter Phase 3 of its reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic. The governor said Tuesday the state's restaurants will not be allowed to fully reopen their bars as previously planned. Instead, restaurants can continue to operate under Phase 2 restrictions, which allows limited table service in bar areas but generally prohibits sitting at bar counters. The late notice will also hurt, he said, as restaurants will now have to scramble to adjust their staff and inventory. The Virginia Department of Health on Tuesday reported nearly 63,000 total cases of COVID-19, with just over 6,200 total hospitalizations and 1,760 deaths.
Community Inn’s owner, father of family business dies at 85
ROANOKE, Va. – The Grandin Village community is mourning the loss of a beloved restaurant owner. Bruce Morrow, the owner of the Community Inn, died last week after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Morrow is survived by his children including his son Mont, who says his father always wanted the Community Inn to live true to its name. The family held a private service for family and friends to honor Morrow’s legacy over the weekend. Morrow was 85 years old when he died.
Blacksburg closes portion of street for public dining area
BLACKSBURG, Va. Theres a new way to eat in downtown Blacksburg. The town closed off the portion of Draper Road between College Avenue and Jackson Street this week and put picnic tables there instead. Their manager, Ryan Yeates, believes it will be an asset before and after Virginia Tech students come back. Its always good to have more space and more seating, Yeates said. Now they can come out here and eat as well.
Restaurants, breweries reopen their dining rooms under Phase Two guidelines
SALEM, Va. – You can now enjoy most of your favorite restaurants and breweries from inside their dining rooms again. Virginia’s Phase Two reopening plan took effect Friday, which allows restaurants to open inside at half capacity. Olde Salem Brewing Company in Salem reopened its taproom with social distancing precautions in place. General manager Shea Coffey said Olde Salem got through the last few months with beer deliveries and pick-up orders. Having people in the tap room is indispensable when it comes to how our business runs.”There are limitations to the reopened dining rooms.
#RoanokeStrong gains momentum as area businesses support each other and frontline workers
ROANOKE, Va. – Like many area businesses, the COVID-19 pandemic put Sweet Donkey Coffee in a tough spot. But things started to look up when Valley iRepair reached out with a unique plan that reached beyond both businesses. “Our friends at Valley iRepair came to us and they wanted to donate $300 to Sweet Donkey,” said Dustin Eshelman, co-owner of Sweet Donkey Coffee. They donated 50% of their proceeds on Wednesday to Sweet Donkey Coffee. Sweet Donkey Coffee has already received more than $1,000 in donations.
Celebrate National Pancake Day with free pancakes at IHOP
ROANOKE, Va. – IHOP wants to make sure you can have your (pan)cake and eat it too. On Tuesday starting at 7 a.m. at participating IHOP locations, get one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes per guest. The fun for National Pancake Day doesn’t stop there -- the restaurant is also offering guests a chance to win pancakes for life and other prizes. To enter, customers can scan a QR code on the table tent on their table. The promotion is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.Click here to learn more about the sweepstakes.
’I’m really disappointed’: Vista Food grocery store in Bedford closes after 50 years
After five decades, Vista Food is closing its doors. The owner, Amit Patel, tells 10 News the store could not keep up with big chain stores and online competition. The owner tells us a new grocery store will open in the spring. Mary Zirkle, the economic development office says, “The Town is pleased that the Bedford County Economic Development Authority as property owner of Vista Food is actively working to find a new grocery operator. Vista is a critical community asset in the Town, providing fresh food in a walkable area.
'You’re my lobster’: Red Lobster has Valentine’s boxes of Cheddar Bay biscuits
": One of the most famous quotes said by Phoebe Buffay on “Friends.”But in 2020, Red Lobster wants to help you find your “lobster” this Valentine’s Day with their heart-shaped boxes of Cheddar Bay Biscuits. So if chocolate isn’t your thing, you can’t go wrong with a box of warm biscuits on a cold February night. While supplies last, for an extra $1, your Cheddar Bay biscuits will arrive in a heart-shaped box. “Whether it’s a savory surprise for your sweetheart or a well-deserved treat just for you, Cheddar Bay Biscuits are the way to everyone’s heart this Valentine’s Day,” said Red Lobster’s president & chief concept officer Salli Setta in a press release. “Now, thanks to Red Lobster To Go, it’s easier and more convenient than ever to tell that special someone ‘You’re my lobster.’”Locations in Roanoke, Christiansburg, Danville, and Lynchburg are all participating in this savory treat box while supplies last.
Love at first bite with a bouquet of Olive Garden breadsticks
Olive Garden has a better idea for Valentine’s Day -- they’re selling a breadstick bouquet. This bouquet is part of their Valentine’s Day special, known as “the perfect night in.”Customers can design the perfect meal, all starting at $35. Then, another tough one, this time with dipping sauce: five cheese marinara or alfredo. The shareable entree for two is five cheese ziti al forno or you can upgrade to chicken alfredo. The perfect Olive Garden meal is not complete without warm breadsticks, best served in bouquet form.
The Busy Bean, a South Boston favorite, wins Best Local Place to Get Coffee
SOUTH BOSTON, Va. – We asked; you answered! The winner of our Top 10: Best Local Place to Get Coffee is... We went headed to South Boston to see what they were all about. They have delicious, fancy coffee drinks but they also have a variety of other food items. You can also shop for gifts while you’re there.