Good morning, blog readers. Today is my last day blogging here at the Storefront, and my last day at The Roanoke Times. I will miss all of you. Thanks for all of your insightful comments here on the blog in the past several years.
I’ll leave you with a final bit of news about the fate of a downtown Roanoke restaurant. The owners of Arzu Mediterranean Restaurant want to sell their business and the eatery’s real estate at 213 Williamson Road.
The 9,850-square-foot structure is featured in a sales listing with Poe & Cronk Real Estate Group, with a price tag of $799,000, which is reduced from about $900,000 originally, said real estate agent, Peter Ostaseski.
Meanwhile, the Demirci family, the owners of Arzu, want to move on from the restaurant business after 23 years in downtown Roanoke, said Halil Demirci, who operates the eatery. They opened their first restaurant, Mediterranean Continental Cuisine, on Campbell Avenue in downtown Roanoke. In 1996, they purchased the Williamson Road structure and moved the restaurant there, renaming it Arzu Mediterranean Restaurant.
Demirci told me that his father now runs a bed and breakfast in Turkey.
Arzu will remain open until the restaurant is sold, Demirci said.