Last week I reported that the 17 tenants in the Crystal Tower Building would be asked to leave because of a sale pending on the downtown office building.
At that time, the Hummus House restaurant hadn’t received its notice to be out of the building by May 31 as several other tenants had.
The notice came this week, and owner Daniel Melki told me he plans to close the Lebanese restaurant May 18. He was on a month-to-month lease, he said.
Melki is disappointed that he has to close up so soon. The restaurant opened in February. But, he said the success of the restaurant has given him confidence to seek out another downtown location. He’s not settled on a new space just yet, but assured me he’d reopen, even if it meant putting his equipment and furnishings in storage.
Two hair salons, Mr. Bill’s and the Cutting Edge, are also leaving.
Bill Hollifield and his wife, Wanda, who is also a hair stylist, are moving down the street to 121 Campbell Avenue where they are renting booths from Dream Cutz, a new salon. Wanda has already moved her station out of the Crystal Tower building. Bill plans to move his equipment this weekend, Wanda said.
“So far my customers are really glad that we didn’t move to where they couldn’t find me,” Wanda told me.
Mr. Bill’s has leased space at the Crystal Tower building since 1971.
The Cutting Edge has plans to move to The Colony, a group of shops and businesses at Colonial Avenue and 23rd Street in Roanoke near Towers Shopping Center. The Cutting Edge will close the downtown salon April 28. The new salon will open May 1.