The Seafood Company, which was located next to Heavenly Ham in Roanoke for the past year and a half, has closed.
Owner Frank Guilfoyle, who also owns Heavenly Ham, said the restaurant’s business was growing, but not quickly enough given the amount of time and money that he was having to put in.
Heavenly Ham has been around for more than nine years, and Guilfoyle said “that’s really the most paramount thing.”
I think what he was trying to say is that he couldn’t afford to let The Seafood Company drag Heavenly Ham down.
Steve Van Metre, the manager and head chef at The Seafood Company, declined to comment on the closure other than to say that he just needed “to chill out right now.”
Steve is a talented guy who formerly ran Angler Cafe in downtown Roanoke, so I know the food was not the problem at The Seafood Company, and Guilfoyle confirmed that.
Guilfoyle said the decision was not made “without a lot of thought and anguish.” He said he offered to let Van Metre take over ownership of the restaurant if he wanted, but that did not seem to be in the cards, financially.
Now, The Seafood Company is available as a turnkey seafood market and restaurant, if anyone out there has the money and is interested. If not, Guilfoyle said, perhaps some restaurateur will open up a different kind of eatery there.
“It’s a wonderful space,” he said.
What do you guys think? Did you ever have a chance to try it out?