The longtime owners of Coach & Four Restaurant on Williamson Road recently decided it was time to retire, so they sold the place to three brothers who come from a restaurant-owning family.
Coach & Four opened in 1977 and has been owned by Ronnie and Wally Niccolls for the past 24 years. The new owners are Julian, Erion and Marjel Tani, who also own Harbor Inn Seafood restaurant on Williamson Road. Julian Tani said nothing will change at Coach & Four, including the staff. The Niccolls couple are staying on for about a month to help the Tanis with the transition, Ronnie said.
Julian Tani said his family came to Roanoke from the Detroit area a couple of years ago because they were tired of the hard winters there. His parents owned restaurants in North Carolina and Detroit in the past but have retired here in Roanoke. The brothers bought Harbor Inn Seafood about two years ago and decided Coach & Four would also be a good investment.
“Once I heard Coach & Four was for sale, it was a no-brainer for us,” Julian Tani said. “It’s been around for so many years.”
The sale was finalized on December 17. Ronnie Niccolls said they enjoyed their time as restaurateurs. Any outstanding gift certificates for the restaurant will still be honored.