Construction is humming away at the River House, an old cold storage building in Wasena that Ed Walker is redeveloping into a mix of apartments and commercial space.
The building is expected to open to residents sometime this summer. Already, nearly 40 of the 128 apartments have been leased, according to Michelle Rose, who is handling leasing.
Walker, at a news conference Tuesday morning, said the project is also looking for a tenant to operate a restaurant and bar in a 2,600 square-foot space attached to the building.
“We’re in conversations with several restaurants right now to figure out who we would most like to have in that space,” Walker told reporters. He said he’d also like to hear from individuals who might be interested in opening a restaurant.
A Chili’s will not do. Walker is looking for a restaurateur whose food and feel will complement the building, which is situated next to the Roanoke River and greenway.
“It’s not just a lease. It’s not just someone with a check, but somebody who would strengthen the area,” Walker said.
The kitchen and dining room will be built out for the operator, who would need to provide furnishings, dishware, flatware, etc. The restaurant will seat about 90 people inside, and up to 75 on a patio.
Walker said that he’s aiming for the restaurant to open in early October.
You can read more about the River House here.
What type of restaurant do you think would be a good fit for the project, and Wasena?