Readers have asked whether the Wing Boss restaurant is still coming to The Shoppes at Blue Hills Village off Challenger Avenue. The last information Amanda Codispoti reported was that the project had been delayed by paperwork and interior renovations that were taking longer than expected.
I talked to owner Gene Brown this morning, and he said he is definitely still opening the restaurant. He expects to open it sometime in September. He said the main hold-up at this point is installing the hood duct work.
When it opens, the family sports bar-style restaurant will reportedly serve such foods as wings, Angus burgers, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs and fries.
I also talked to Stephan Parry, who is involved in the opening of Beamer’s 25 at The Lofts at West Station on Salem Avenue in Roanoke. Here is Amanda’s original blog post about this restaurant, which is affiliated with Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer. The restaurant will reportedly serve local food and 25 craft beers.
The last Amanda reported was that Beamer’s 25 would open about Aug. 1, but as anybody who follows restaurants knows, these initial estimates are usually a bit optimistic. Parry said they are still waiting for their liquor license and furnishing the interior, but they are now shooting to open in mid-September. He declined to provide any details about the menu at this point.
Parry is already a successful restaurateur. He owns the following businesses: Fry’s Spring Station (Charlottesville), Q Barbeque (multiple locations), Downtown Grille (Charlottesville), Shoemakers Grille (Lynchburg), Sette Pizza (Richmond), Waterstone Pizza (Lynchburg), Jefferson Street Brewery (Lynchburg) and The Craddock-Terry Hotel (Lynchburg).
UPDATE 2:20 p.m.: I just got a call from a reader named Debbie who said she stopped by Mamma’s Pizza the other day to pick up a menu and saw a sign on the door that said they were closed for vacation. Whew! Sounds like they’ll be opening back up in the near future. END UPDATE.
Another reader recently asked whether Mamma’s Pizza in Salem is still open. I’ve been calling the restaurant for days only to get an automated “system on – enter access code” message. I believe Mamma’s Pizza is still owned by the same family that owns Mamma Maria’s in Salem, but when I called Mamma Maria’s I got a message that the restaurant is closed until later this month for vacation.
It is highly possible that Mamma’s Pizza is also closed because of vacation, although if that is the case, I wish someone would leave that information on the voicemail system so callers do not get the wrong idea.
I will continue to see what I can find out about these restaurants and will post any new information.