The Library, a 33-year-old fine dining restaurant in Roanoke, has closed.
Owner Lowell Hill said business started to decline five or six years ago and “the economy was certainly the culprit.”
The Library, located in the Piccadilly Square shopping center on Franklin Road, is the third long-lived, independently owned Roanoke restaurant to fold in recent weeks. Little Chef closed Aug. 28 after more than 50 years in business, and Friday was the last day for 28-year-old Tudor’s Biscuit World.
All of the restaurant owners have cited rising costs in a bad economy as the major downfall.
“It seems like fine dining restaurants really took a hit,” Hill said. “We just never actually rebounded from the economy problem.”
The Library opened in 1979 and changed hands several times over the years, but Hill, who has held positions as maitre’d and manager, was a constant presence. Hill said The Library continued to do a “great job” upholding the restaurant’s reputation over the past few years, but he just didn’t have enough customers.
– Lindsey Nair
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