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FARMBURGUESA

There was...
Downtown Roanoke's Bread Craft
creating make-your-own cinnamon
bun kits for pickup or delivery.

The Village Grill closed its doors
for six weeks but staff volunteered
to cook donated food for area kids,
through a partnership with the Humble
Hustle Company.

When Pop's Ice Cream and Soda Bar in
Grandin Village reopened July 1, they'd
constructed a counter at their front
door for sliding milkshakes and grilled
cheese sandwiches to customers.

And when protests of police killings
focused the country's attention on
racism, downtown Roanoke's Fortunato
joined with Wasena's Roasters Next
D in a bake sale to raise money for
the Black Lives Matter organization.
TIFFANY JONES

TheRoanoker.com

Some brave restaurants even launched openings: Salty's Lobster & Co. in downtown
Roanoke, Hang 10 Hawaiian Ice and Cream in Wasena, Old Southwest Bar and Grill
and Grandin Village's Jolly Grape. A few shuttered their doors for good, most notably,
Wall Street Tavern in Roanoke's City Market Building.
Many restaurants - including FarmBurguesa and The Village Grill - had employees
test positive for coronavirus. That meant closing, testing workers, and getting the health
department's okay to open again.
Bumpy as it's been, 2020 has shown the resiliency and creativity of the region's
restaurants - who created patios out of parking lots, adapted new technology on the
fly and rethought every menu item for portability and profitability.
"It is exhausting," says The River and Rail's general manager Aaron Deal. "We've been
working twice as hard to make half as much money and it's not over yet."

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