After dinner at Norberto’s on Saturday night, Howard and I spotted this notice for an ABC license application taped in the window of the former Isaacs Mediterranean restaurant space in Roanoke. The name of the new restaurant: 1906 Ale House.
I have since learned the new restaurant is being opened by Dan Brown, who is currently the general manager over Fork in the Alley, Fork in the City and Fork in the Market. Brown, originally from Iowa, started as a line cook at Fork in the Alley eight years ago and worked his way up to GM of that location within about two years. He helped to open both of the other locations and said he has enjoyed that work a lot. He plans to stay on the Fork payroll for the next month or two as he simultaneously gets his place ready to open.
Brown said he’s wanted to open his own restaurant for several years and looked at a few different locations before he decided on the space at 1910 Memorial Avenue SW in Grandin Village. When that location still housed The Isaacs Mediterranean (it closed in March), it was extensively remodeled with a solid oak bar, hardwood floor and other nice wood touches, which all caught Brown’s eye. He said all he’ll need to do is some painting and adding light fixtures and a few other touches.
The name 1906 Ale House, he said, is an homage to the date when Grandin Village was founded. The menu is not official but Brown said he is definitely going to do deli sandwiches with high-quality ingredients. He said there will also be entrees. He has applied for a beer, wine and liquor license and will have 20 taps and a lot of craft beer from Virginia and beyond, as well as an extensive wine list.
Brown added that he plans to have live music, which he thinks will be a good addition to the Grandin Village scene. “It’s got a great space for a stage,” he said. “I think that’s something that Grandin Village lacks.”
Brown is shooting for a September opening.