Horizon Bar & Grill, which has been serving customers on the Roanoke City Market for five years, will close at the end of this year, according to co-owner Debbie Spangler.
Spangler, who owns the restaurant with her son, chef Scott Lockhart, said she sent out an email announcing the closure to regular customers yesterday. She said she will retire “again” and her son will look for a new job.
“It’s been a fun ride but we decided that we fulfilled our dreams and were successful at it,” Spangler said.
She added that this has been a tough year for the restaurant, in part because some of the sidewalk on that side of Market Street was closed from January through March for Center in the Square renovations. She said they ended up closing for lunch during that time period because “people didn’t even want to come in,” and that it affected dinner traffic, as well.
Other reasons she cited were the economy and the fact “that we have just decided we don’t want to have a restaurant.”
Before Horizon opened in the space at 215 Market Street, Wertz’s Restaurant & Wine Bar operated there for 12 years. Spangler said they will likely sell all of their restaurant equipment after closing at the end of December. Until then, they will be serving a brand new fall menu they just launched today. So if you are a Horizon fan, stop by between now and the end of the year.