Hi readers! Sorry for the long absence here on the blog, and thank you for your condolences on the death in our family. Despite the loss my husband and I enjoyed spending time with our loved ones and celebrating our little one’s first Christmas.
I have a lot of catching up to do this week, but thanks to many readers we know that the Cook-Out restaurant at Crossroads in Roanoke opened a few days before Christmas. That was apparently good news to those who lined up in the drive through and inside on opening day. Blog reader Original Greg was kind enough to send me several photos of the lines, one of which I’ve included in this post.
Several other readers left comments on the blog about the lines.
Reader Jack said: “The lines at Cook Out were unbelievable!! It reminded me of the huge crowd on opening day at Panera Bread 419, Fresh Market. It is a reminder that Roanoke is starved literally for new chain restaurants.”
Another reader who uses the name Mike D said the lines turned him away. “We tried to go to Cook Out today. Lines way to long. Will try again another day,” he wrote.
And, I received an email from Ray McKee of Roanoke, who said he ordered a burger and was disappointed. Here is what he said: “The bread/bun broke up kind of quickly, almost tasting like it was on its last date before expiration. The onion and lettuce seemed ‘fresh.’ The tomato wasn’t exactly hand-picked from any garden I know. What struck me as really odd was the texture of the ‘beef’ (if that is what it was). It broke up quickly in the mouth and tasted….different.”
In other news, I reported in a Retail Roundup column that Les Cheveux Salon and Day Spa is leaving its spot at Towers Shopping Center. The salon and spa owner, Sherman Argenbright, said he bought three connected buildings at Broadway Avenue and McClanahan Street in the Crystal Spring neighborhood. Les Cheveux will close at Towers on Saturday and reopen at its new location on Jan. 10. The move will leave vacant a large and prominent space at Towers. Read more here.
Also in that column I reported that the Soccer Stop will start selling lacrosse equipment. Store owner Danny Beamer told me he couldn’t ignore the huge demand for equipment as the sport’s popularity grows in the Roanoke area.