Uptown Joe’s, the downtown Roanoke sister of Daleville’s popular Blue Collar Joe’s doughnut shop, has closed, according to Michelle Rose, the leasing agent for the Patrick Henry. Uptown Joe’s opened in the newly remodeled Patrick Henry in August.
It held great promise, namely because of the awesome homemade doughnuts made popular at the Daleville location, which opened in a repurposed service station in 2008. But Daniel Knight, the owner of both locations, announced early this month that Blue Collar Joe’s would close March 18 and the downtown location would no longer serve doughnuts. March 17 was actually the Daleville shop’s last day.
At that time, Knight said the closure was because of a slow economy. He also cited bad publicity.
We heard Uptown Joe’s might be closed from several readers who emailed reporters here at the paper today. I have been unable to reach Knight today for comment. When I stopped by the Patrick Henry this afternoon, Uptown Joe’s was locked and dark inside. Boxes filled with restaurant supplies were stacked in a pile in the center of the space.
There has been no status update on Uptown Joe’s Facebook page since Wednesday. Although bunches of people have told me they hope Knight opens a new doughnut shop elsewhere, Rose said she could not provide any information about his future plans.
She said she has a few new prospects for the Patrick Henry opening who will look at the space next week, and that she hopes to have a new tenant very soon.
If I am able to get in touch with Knight or anyone else who can provide credible information about this development, I’ll be sure to update this entry.