Based on the emails and calls I’ve received today, one thing is certain: Roanoke still loves Floyd artist Jerry Myers’ murals. From today’s story:
For decades, Italian restaurant Villa Sorrento on Patterson Avenue was a Roanoke landmark.
Anyone who dined there in the 1980s and ’90s remembers the murals evoking fanciful Mediterranean scenes — a young couple on a rocky cliff looking out on the ocean, a Venetian panorama with boats carrying passengers through canals dividing old world buildings.
Villa Sorrento may be long gone — the restaurant left the murals behind in 2000 and closed in 2004 — but the murals are on public display again, this time in Salem.
Walk into Parkway Brewing Co. at 739 Kesler Mill Road and you’ll see 12 10-foot-tall panels secured to the walls as you head to the bar, painted with vintage Italian scenes.
Not all of the brewery’s customers recognize the Villa Sorrento paintings, but “people that know it love it,” said Mike “Keno” Snyder, who co-owns the brewery with his wife, Lezlie.
Read reporter David Ress’ April story on the salvage of the murals by clicking here.