Plans for Roanoke’s first downtown grocery store at Sixteen West are humming along, as are plans for a cafe and a wood-fired pizza restaurant.
The Sixteen West development on Church Avenue (most recently the Downtown Sports Club) is already home to Carilion’s RAC Xpress, Core Chiropractic and Wellness Center, and eight one- and two-bedroom apartments.
The grocery store, cafe and restaurant are expected to open this spring, said Amelia Glaser. She and her business partner, Mark Linson, are opening the businesses.
Glaser, of Salem, described the grocery store as a specialty cheese shop that will also carry fresh, local produce and dry bulk items as well as staples such as bread and Homestead Creamery milk. The grocery store will have a salad bar and offer meals to go, Glaser said. The store is named S&W Market after the S&W Cafeteria that used to be in the Church Avenue building.
Glaser is a self-described cheese specialist who’s worked at Fresh Market and Ukrops. She said she’s always wanted to bring a specialty cheese shop to downtown Roanoke, and the grocery store provided an opportunity to do that.
Cafe 16, will serve Floyd County’s Red Rooster coffee, as well as tea, smoothies, pastries and breakfast foods, Glaser said. To-go items, such as wraps, will also be available.
The restaurant, Cork and Crust, will feature tapas and wood-fired pizzas, as well as wine and craft beers.
We previously reported that Comfort Cuisine, a Roanoke catering company, was opening the grocery store. Phone numbers for the business and business owner are disconnected. Several of the businesses listed as pick up points on Comfort Cuisine’s website told me they haven’t seen the owners in months. If I find out more I’ll post an update.
Update 2:45 p.m.: John Garland, who developed Sixteen West, told me in an email today that Comfort Cuisine is no longer in business.