Noodling regional restaurant news

Restaurants opening throughout the area invite diners to come and savor. Read to the end of today’s column for the reactions of the owner of a sports bar that company fire officials said set fires last week.

Noodles & Co It opens June 30 at the Marketplace shopping center in Christiansburg, a spokeswoman said.

The company from Broomfield, Colorado, calls itself the leader in the fast food lunch and dinner restaurant segment. Patrons choose from a menu of about 20 items the company describes as “worldwide-inspired” and “customizable” and spend, on average, $12.50 a visit.

Highlights from the online menu for $7 apiece are Wisconsin Mac & Cheese, Japanese Pan Noodles, Pesto Cavatappi, The Med Salad, Pasta Fresca, Spaghetti with Marina, and Buttered Noodles.

The chain is doing more business at its restaurants, which totaled 460 at the end of 2022, but it’s been losing money; One reason is said to be the higher costs of items such as chicken, utilities and staff, according to a recent securities filing.

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Juice shop openingFruit and roots It opened on Campbell Street in Roanoke selling juices, smoothies, bowls and snacks made to be highly nutritious.

Owner Kristi Dilscher said she and her husband, Jamie, had sold bottled juice at the Roanoke City Farmers Market for the past 14 months and moved into the new store on June 13.

The shop specializes in raw, organic, vegan, gluten-free, and vegan products for eating in the dining room, which seats about 16 people, or for takeout.

“It’s all about your health. You can heal your body with what you put into it,” Dilsher said.

Previously, the company made its products in a rented commercial kitchen in Fenton. Now she has her own kitchen.

The opening of the restaurantBroad Restaurant & Bar It was scheduled to open last week in downtown Salem.

The restaurant seats 42 people in its dining room and nine in the bar for “casual fine dining” from its Southern-inspired menu. We’re not talking fried chicken and roast beef, according to Crenshaw Red, but dishes like braised short ribs. “We have mussels and Belgian-style frites as appetizers,” he said.

Reid said he and Ted and Lindsay Polfelt — all three co-owners — “have been in the restaurant business together for about 20 years, working in different establishments, and finally had the opportunity to do something ourselves.”

Upcoming Blacksburg breakfast spot

Eggs Up Grill It plans to open in Blacksburg this fall, according to a statement from publicist Cecily Sorensen.

The release stated that Darren and Samantha Gilreth would be set up working together at 1349 S. Main St. They will be linked to a company of the same name based in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The Gilreaths moved to the area after long careers in the railroad industry in Kentucky. Samantha is currently a local teacher and Darren is the third generation to run the Christmas tree farm that his family founded in 1962. Samantha also says they had a lifelong dream of owning a restaurant and discovered Eggs Up Grill when visiting his cousin who owns a franchise in North Carolina.

The sports bar tests fire

The owner of a restaurant destroyed by fire in Roanoke County last week wasn’t sure when it would reopen.

“Everything is still under investigation as to who started the fire,” said Kay Phelps, owner of the company. Xtr3me Sports Bar & Grill, Tuesday. Phelps said she was working with her insurance company and authorities to manage the situation.

Firefighters spent 25 minutes controlling a blaze early Monday at the Brookside Shopping Center. Investigators later said that the fire started at the Xtr3me Sportsbar & Grill, was set on fire and caused $250,000 in damage. Three other companies were affected.

Phelps said the restaurant is seven years old. The fire has affected me and my team tremendously. Can I reopen? To the extent that I can and will, the time frame will be determined,” she said.

She said watching Facebook for updates.

Famous Lexington Restaurant is closing

South Inna trusted presence on Lexington’s Main Street for generations of diners, announced Wednesday that it was closing.

“Tough economic times while also running a growing catering business have brought us to this difficult decision,” owners George and Sue Ann Huger said in a website post.

The Hugers, who have run the restaurant since 1998, will continue to offer the Southern Inn for private events and parties and said they will operate the Lexington Catering Company.

The inn suffered a devastating fire in 2010 but was renovated and lit up with its familiar neon sign a year later. It has been serving University City and its residents since 1932.

Jeff Sturgeon (540) 981-3251

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