Sidewinders Steakhouse & Saloon will be located at 16 W. Campbell Ave. The space formerly housed Dolce, Mix One6 and Red Clay but has been empty for almost two years.
Co-owner Robert Howard of Roanoke said Sidewinders will serve “good-priced” steaks, seafood and some signature items such as rattlesnake bites. “We’re not trying to compete against Frankie Rowland’s or anything like that,” he said, noting that the signature steak cut will be a bone-in rib-eye. At lunch, the restaurant will offer an all-you-can-eat soup and salad bar.
Howard, who has two investment partners. including Roanoke attorney A.C. Chakravorty, said extensive renovations are underway to the interior of the building, including fresh paint and the installation of hardwood floors and oak trim. The business will feature live country/western or southern rock bands on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as a 1,000 square-foot dance floor.
“There is just no place to go dancing in Roanoke unless you are into hip-hop music,” said Howard, who hopes to draw an older crowd.
About 15 years ago, Howard owned a country/western night spot just outside Richmond called The Godfather. He said he and his partners are obtaining permits and will apply for an ABC license to sell beer, wine and mixed drinks. They hope to open Sidewinders this fall. Here is the business’ Facebook page.
Howard said they looked for the right building for about two years before settling on 16 W. Campbell. “A lot of people came to me and said ‘Nothing makes it there – it’s got a bad omen or something’,” he said. But Howard added that he thinks it’s all in how well you run a place.
I’m not a huge country/western music fan, but I would definitely take advantage of the excuse to wear a pair of cowboy boots out for a fun meal one night if the food and the atmosphere is good. What do you all think?