We drove past The River House in Wasena this weekend to check on the status of development for the apartments, restaurant and climbing gym. The parking lots next to the building were very full on Sunday afternoon, which was a good sign that the leasing is going well.
Leasing agent Michelle Rose confirmed today that 72 of the 128 apartments are now occupied and more tenants are scheduled to move in soon.Rose said only 15 units remain available — a combination of one-bedroom and two-bedroom units — so if you are interested in living in this new development right next to the Roanoke River and the greenway, you may want to hop on it!
As previously reported, Doug and Evie Robison, the owners of Wildflour Market & Bakery on 4th Street in Old Southwest, will be the owners of a new 2,600-square-foot restaurant and bar located in The River House. The Wasena City Tap Room and Grill is slated to open in mid- to late October.
The Robisons have already said the restaurant will have craft beers on tap and a wood-fired oven that’ll be used to cook some of the dishes. But they are going for a full ABC license so they’ll also sell cocktails and wine. Menu offerings will include tacos, burritos, burgers, sandwiches, salads, pizza, hot dogs and soup. Recently, the Robisons have been testing potential tap room dishes on their customers at Wildflour, which I think is an excellent idea.
If you follow the Wasena City Tap Room on Facebook, you will have noticed that they have tested out several different tacos, including a carne asada taco with lettuce, tomato and pickled onions. Just this past Saturday, they featured a pork green chili with rice. “It went really well, they were all received really well,” Doug said. “We want a signature soup and I think that pork green chili is going to be it.”
Check out that Facebook page to see if they plan to test any other potential tap room fare. They’ve also been taking suggestions on Facebook for the beer varieties they will have on draft, although they also said the beers will change periodically. The Robisons are accepting applications for the tap room at Wildflour at 1212 4th Street SW, Roanoke. Oh, and Rose said that climbing gym is set to open in October or November.
Are you excited to check out the Wasena City Tap Room and Grill?