The owners of an established Roanoke restaurant are opening a tap house at the River House apartment project in Wasena.
Doug and Evie Robison, owners of Wildflour Market and Bakery on Fourth Street in Old Southwest, will open the Wasena City Tap Room this fall.
True to its name, the restaurant will carry 36 craft beers on tap.
The menu will feature tacos, burritos, burgers, sandwiches, salads and pizza. A wood-fired grill will be used to cook meat and fish, Doug Robison said.
Prices will be comparable to the pricing at Wildflour, he said.
The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, and for brunch on Sundays.
The $15 million River House project is transforming a five-story brick building that served as cold storage until the 1990s into a 128-unit apartment building. It sits off Wasena’s Main Street and is nestled against the Roanoke River and greenway.
The Robisons live in Raleigh Court and drive through Wasena to get to Wildflour. They’d been following the River House project with interest but didn’t realize that the developer, Ed Walker, was looking for a restaurant operator.
Two weeks ago, one of Walker’s assistant project managers mentioned the restaurant opportunity to the Robisons’ son while dining at Wildflour.
The Robisons, who’d been talking about opening another restaurant, signed a lease within days.
The 2,600-square-foot restaurant will come equipped with a furnished kitchen and bar. The Robisons need only provide furniture, china, flatware, food and other necessities.
“It’s a great opportunity,” Doug Robison said. “I couldn’t say ‘no’ when I saw it and looked at the terms of the agreement.”
He hopes to open the restaurant in October.
The Robisons got into the restaurant business in 1991. In addition to the Wildflour restaurant in Old Southwest, they’ve also started and sold two other Wildflour locations (one at Towers Shopping Center and the other at Hollins, which is now Hollywood’s Restaurant), as well as Buck Mountain Grill.