If you’re looking through entertainment listings and think you’ve spotted a new bar in downtown Roanoke, don’t be fooled.
Thelma’s Chicken and Waffles has had a bar since it moved into its downtown space from the Orange Avenue location, but it recently gave the bar a name: Top Shelf Sports Bar.
Bar manager Kisha Barlow told me that many customers didn’t know about the bar because it is located in a room separate from the main dining area. Naming the bar, she said, gave it the attention it needed to generate more sales. In addition to the new name, it also now has seven televisions for viewing sports.
The bar frequently holds open mic nights and other live acts.
While we’re on the topic of downtown restaurants, did you see this blog post that food writer Lindsey Nair published about Downtown Roanoke Restaurant Week. Many of the restaurants downtown have agreed to offer specials beginning today, including a $10 lunch with an entree, side dish and a drink or dessert.