A simple, brick shopping center near Lynchburg Turnpike and U.S. 419 in Salem houses an equally nondescript little restaurant with sand-colored walls and bare-bones furniture.
But when customers walk through the door, a familiar mustached face pops into view through the kitchen pass-through window, and suddenly it feels like the most colorful restaurant in the world.
“Hello!” crows Adel Eltawansy, aka Zorba the Greek. “How you doing? Good to see you!”
Eltawansy, a native of Egypt, purchased the 25-year-old Bobbi Jo’s Pancake House business shortly before the Roanoke City Market building closed for renovation, rendering his longstanding booth at least temporarily defunct. He renamed his new space Bobbi Jo’s Restaurant and Zorba’s Small World Cafe, promising that “Zorba will make everybody know where Lynchburg Turnpike is.”
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