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SHARI DRAGOVICH is a freelance writer whose work appears in regional
magazines throughout the Southeast. Her favorite pursuits include all things story,
all things community and all things wine. She, along with her husband and five
teenaged kids, think it a beautiful gift to call Roanoke home.

A Wholesome

Experience
written by Shari dragovich
photographed by John park

Whether you seek
fine dining or a casual
atmosphere, Bernard's
is a welcome addition
to downtown Roanoke's
restaurant scene.

O

NE OF THE BEST THINGS about
Roanokers is they're always ready to
welcome one more place for folks to
gather around food. Enter Bernard's
Gastropub, one of downtown's newest, and most
welcome, additions.
Jon and Lindsay Bernard are no strangers to
Roanoke's downtown restaurant scene. Jon, a Danville
native and graduate of Johnson and Wales Charlotte,
has been running prominent downtown kitchens since
he moved to Roanoke in 2015. Lindsay, who grew up in
the Valley, has been part of Roanoke's restaurant scene
for years, mostly in front of the house operations.

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The couple met through downtown work connections
and shared similar ideas and aspirations when it came
to the restaurant world. So, when the Jefferson Street
location came available, they went for it.
"This is our first restaurant; first business. We're green
as grass," says Jon, and then grins in a way that reveals
the wild thrill of it all.
One of the first challenges the new owners faced was
renovating the building. Everything had to be stripped
"dirt to ceiling," as Jon describes; literally, the flooring
was taken out, revealing the Roanoke dirt beneath it.
Only then could the Bernards transform the narrow,
hallway-like space into an upscale, yet comfortable
atmosphere where customers feel part of a larger
gathering while still maintaining some intimacy at
their own table.
Part of the transformation process included making
choices about what would be included, and what
wouldn't. For the Bernards, dining space won over
food storage. This makes grocery shopping an everyday
essential.
"Shopping every day was part of the plan, anyway,"
says Jon. "I like to hand pick my produce. We buy locally
grown produce whenever we can. And having our meat
and seafood shipped fresh multiple times a week is a
must."

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