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The Lipes Burger and
are great examples of
FITA's diverse palate
(and calorie) pleasing
versation that-13 years ago-was anything but funny.
It took a year to renovate the carriage house. When
it was ready, no one rented it. People couldn't envision
the place the way Dave could. After months of sitting
vacant, it became clear to the Trinkles they would become more than landlords. They would become restaurant owners.
"We were lucky," says Dave when describing their efforts to get Fork in the Alley off the ground. "We hired
[Sam Eakin] who had owned a successful restaurant in
the Market Building, and could see the cozy commu-
nity pub vision I had for the carriage house." Though
Eakin had left the restaurant world to become a farmer, he told the Trinkles he'd give them six months. He
stayed two and a half years.
Eakin helped the Trinkles establish their personal
restaurant ownership approach: hands off. "We know
enough about restaurants to be dangerous," jokes Ann.
Dave laughs and adds specifics to Ann's truth-telling.
"We know enough to make the big decisions, but
not day to day. The key for us is to hire the right managers. Then they do all the hiring and firing."
DOWNTOWN ROANOKE 127 Campbell Ave. 540-400-7053
HOLLINS/NORTH ROANOKE 7212 Williamson Rd. 540-904-5825
SALEM 1304 W Main St, Salem, VA 24153 540-387-1420
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