By Nona Nelson
The Roanoke Times
You don’t have to be a Hokies fan to appreciate Beamer’s 25 American Burger House in the Lofts at West Station in downtown Roanoke. While Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer is an investor and football memorabilia decorates the walls, the restaurant doesn’t clobber its diners with orange and maroon. It does offer tasty food and beverage selections at reasonable prices.
There is a rustic yet elegant ambiance at Beamer’s 25, with exposed wood beams, knotty pine floors and industrial-inspired lighting. There is definitely a sports theme to the decor, including jersey numbers on each of the dining room tables, but televisions are confined to the bar area – visible from some dining room seats but far enough away to create a soothing separation.
The place is lively, but it’s easy to carry on a conversation at your table and there is a private room (with a television) for large parties. The service, even on a busy Saturday night, was prompt and courteous, and the wait staff was able to answer any question we had about the menu.
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