A Charlottesville-based dumpling shop that recently opened a location in Blacksburg is also expanding to downtown Roanoke, according to Jim Deyerle with Hall and Associates real estate in Roanoke.
Deyerle said the owners of Marco & Luca Dumpling Shop, Da Sun and his wife, Dragana Katalina-Sun, have signed a lease for one of the new kitchen spaces recently added to the market building. Their business will be located next to Hong Kong Chinese restaurant on the Market Street side of the building.
Marco & Luca has three locations in Charlottesville and opened a fourth at University Mall in Blacksburg earlier this year. The restaurant specializes in dumplings and noodle dishes. It features a very short, simple menu. Although the business does not have a website, its Facebook page lists the following menu items:
Spicy Noodles $3.50
Sesame Noodles $3.50
Hot Pork Bun $2
Hot Veggie Bun $2
Hot & Sour Soup $1.50
I have not yet had luck reaching the Suns for comment, but Deyerle, who handled the lease, said they are interested in bringing extremely quick service to downtown workers, residents and visitors. He said the Blacksburg location has been very popular, especially with college students.
Marco & Luca will not serve alcohol and will operate within the market building’s normal business hours (Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). The addition of this business brings the number of restaurants inside the newly renovated market building to nine. One other space, which was added at the same time as the Marco & Luca spot, has not yet been leased and is available to either a retail or food establishment, Deyerle said.
The mobile stage designed for the center of the market building has been moved in and planters will soon be filled with greenery, he added.
Have you been to Marco & Luca in Charlottesville or Blacksburg? If so, what did you think?