At least two readers have left comments on the blog saying that while dining at Bonefish Grill restaurants in other cities they’ve heard from managers that the fish eatery is coming to Roanoke.
A spokeswoman for Bonefish said that several new locations are planned for Virginia, but she wouldn’t say specifically how many or where they would open.
“Although we definitely are opening stores in Virginia this year, I don’t have verification on Roanoke at this time,” the spokeswoman, Beth Rohrer-Hammer, said.
She was able to tell me that new restaurants in Virginia will open in the third quarter.
It has long been rumored that Bonefish would open at Tanglewood Mall on a pad site in the parking lot. I called Tanglewood’s spokesman, Brad Boothe, and he said he couldn’t comment on any potential new tenants until a lease is signed.
I plan to keep in touch with Bonefish’s spokeswoman, so hopefully we will know something soon.
Bonefish Grill was founded in 2000 in St. Petersburg, Fla. It is now owned by Bloomin’ Brands, which also owns Outback Steakhouse, Carrabas Italian Grill, Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, and Roy’s.
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