This story by reporter Chase Purdy was published in today’s issue of The Roanoke Times.
By Chase Purdy
The Roanoke Times
There is no mystery to this case. The cook is to blame, and he admits as much.
“If I weren’t involved in this, it wouldn’t be a problem,” explains Ben Ward, an earnest thirtysomething who works the kitchen at Bent Mountain Bistro.
But he is involved, and there is a problem. Time is running short for the bistro, and if something doesn’t give, Bent Mountain’s only restaurant will close its doors and disband its small crew of employees.
All because of a cook? Well, not entirely.
This is a story about an obstinate restaurant staff, a developer’s vision, and a state agency that holds the keys to their success. By the end, one of them will walk away unhappy.
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