Update: Leonore opened Monday in the former Zak’s Cafe space at 128 Campbell Avenue SW.
The owner, Miguel Liendo, is the brother of Grace Niday, who owns Grace’s Pizza. He said he worked at the restaurant for five years and decided it was time to open a restaurant of his own. Liendo’s wife and children are helping him run the business.
Leonore, named for Liendo’s mother, serves a variety of pizzas ($12.50 for a large), stromboli ($7), calzones ($7), subs (from $5.99 to $8.99) and salads ($4.99).
The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday. End update
Sometimes reporting can be like fishing. We cast a lot of lines and reel in nothing.
That’s been the case with a few topics readers have asked about.
At least a dozen people have called or emailed to see whether a Cook-Out restaurant will open in Roanoke. The North Carolina chain has restaurants in Fairlawn and Blacksburg. I’ve called the company several times and have sent emails, but haven’t received a response. It is clear that many readers would welcome the restaurant to the valley. I was amused at how the comments on the most recent Steak ‘n Shake update turned into a rally for a Cook-Out.
I’ve also been seeking information on a restaurant called Leonore. The restaurant took out a small advertisement (see photo at left) in a coupon mailer that says it is “coming soon” to a space on Campbell Avenue.
I’ve called the owners of a few vacant restaurant spaces along Campbell Avenue but haven’t come up with anything. If you hear or see something, let me know.