A big sign has gone up on a newly painted white facade across from the Roanoke Valley Metro station. Yep, that means Sidewinders Steak House & Saloon is almost ready to open, according to co-owner Scott Howard.
Howard gave me a little tour of the country and western-themed restaurant and bar this week, and I can tell you that he and his partners are not doing anything halfway. The space features gleaming hardwood floors, a full stage, two full bars and a new sound system. In fact, if you walk by on Campbell Avenue you can peer in the windows and see for yourself. Howard said they have a working menu that includes steaks, seafood, and other fare at a mid-range price point. For lunch, there’ll be a soup and salad bar with up to six different soups.
Decor such as a buffalo head, some steer skulls and a Dierks Bentley guitar are waiting to be hung on the walls, and Howard said new furniture will arrive soon. The furniture is coming from New Jersey and has been delayed because of storm damage there. Once it arrives and the restaurant gets inspected by the health department and fire marshal, Howard said, they’ll get their ABC license and have a soft opening. He expects to have the soft opening later this month. I’ll keep you posted.
In other news …
* The Wasena City Tap Room is also coming along, according to owner Doug Robison. Robison and his wife, Evie, also own Wildflour Market & Bakery on 4th Street in Old Southwest. The Robisons are opening the tap room in the River House apartment project in Wasena. Doug said they have a few items to cross off the to-do list but he hopes they’ll be able to open within the next couple of weeks. Click here to read more background on this project.
* Allsports Cafe has opened a fourth location. The new Blacksburg restaurant was set to open yesterday. Allsports also has locations in Salem, the Grandin area of Roanoke, and inside the Roanoke City Market Building in downtown Roanoke. For more information, check out Blacksburg reporter Mike Shaw’s report on The Burgs.
* The Virginia Cooperative Extension is offering free seminars on how to stay healthy and lighten up favorite family recipes for the holidays. These events will take place at the following times and locations:
* Wednesday, Nov. 7, 6:00 – 7:00 – Thanksgiving Meal Makeovers, Williamson Rd. Library, Roanoke
* Monday, Nov. 12, 6:00 – 7:00 – Thanksgiving Meal Makeovers, Jackson Park Library, Roanoke
* Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6:30 – 8:00 – Lose Weight and Keep it Off, Garden City Baptist Church, Roanoke
* Wednesday, Nov. 28, 6:30 – 8:00 – The Key to Living Well, Garden City Baptist Church, Roanoke
* Foggy Ridge Hard Cider and Blacksnake Meadery in Carroll County are having a “Black Friday Recovery” event on Nov. 24. For $8, you can have turkey soup at Foggy Ridge and honey-glazed pork with sweet potatoes at Blacksnake Meadery, along with cider and mead tastings. The event lasts from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On Dec. 15, the two places are having a holiday open house with Christmas goodies, mulled mead and live music at Blacksnake Meadery. That event also costs $8.
For more information about those two events, click here.
* Through Nov. 15, you can get Chef Aaron Deal’s grass-fed local beef burger at the bar at The River and Rail for half-price — that’s $7 — every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 5 and 6 p.m. Deal said they will also start serving lunch soon, so keep an eye on the restaurant’s Facebook page.