The Roanoker restaurant closing after 81 years

The Roanoker restaurant closing after 81 years

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – Star City staple The Roanoker will be closing after 81 years, according to a statement from the owner given to WDBJ7.

Owner Butch Craft thanked the community and said efforts had been made to try to sell the business to keep the restaurant running. Ultimately, the owner’s retirement and the difficulties of running a business in the current environment led to the closure of the local icon which will come either at the end of May or the first of June.

See below for the full statement:

“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 June 1.

We tried to sell the business to someone who would keep Roanoker’s food and customer service like the Warren family and worked hard to keep it going.

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 solely on my retirement, but other factors brought us to this point. We can no longer struggle with all the problems associated with running a business.

We are grateful to all of our loyal customers and employees who have made The Roanoker successful for 81 years. You have all been a blessing to us.



The Roanoker is located at 2522 Colonial Avenue SW.

The restaurant is currently operating on a reduced schedule which can be found by visiting their Facebook page.

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