UPDATE (posted June 28): The Storefront has more information on the opening in this post. END UPDATE.
Fried chicken fans, it’s true. Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is coming to Roanoke.
The popular fried chicken fast food restaurant is going in the former Paradise Grill location at 3938 Melrose Avenue in Northwest Roanoke.
I swung by the location this morning to snap a few pictures and heard workers pounding away inside. Another crew was outside doing electrical work.
A spokeswoman for the Louisiana-based company is checking with the franchise owner to get us an opening date.
I’m not sure when Paradise Grill closed. My colleague Mike Gangloff reported in April that the owner of the Caribbean and soul food restaurant, Joseph J. Mayo, was in federal court to face charges of filing a false tax return and receiving Social Security benefits to which he was not entitled.
While I was driving on Melrose Avenue, I also spotted another fried chicken restaurant that’s recently opened. It’s Crown Fried Chicken at 4101 Melrose Avenue. I’m working on getting more information on this restaurant as well.
I’ll update the blog when I have more information.