The owner of Macado’s restaurants is investing hundreds of thousands of dollars to freshen up the look of two restaurants in the region.
The downtown Roanoke location, on Church Avenue, will take on a more spacious look, owner Richard Macher said.
“People want more open seating, to be seen,” he said. “They want to drive by and be able to see in the restaurant.”
He plans to knock down a wall in the entrance to open up the restaurant. Macher said he is also having new lights hung.
Diners also will notice new decor. The restaurant will retain its signature statues and figurines hanging from the walls and ceilings. The wall pictures, however, will change. Macher is having historic photos of Roanoke framed and hung in place of the existing pictures.
The most noticeable change from the outside will be the facade of Cuba Pete’s, the bar inside Macado’s. Macher is removing the fake palm trees, and the glass sliding doors that lead to the patio will be replaced with a garage door. The patio is currently a step lower than the rest of the bar, but after renovations it will be at the same level. The patio tables will be replaced with large community tables.
Macher estimates work to the Roanoke restaurant to cost about $50,000.
The Radford restaurant on East Main Street will see a total renovation.
Plans call for a new entrance, the elimination of platforms to make most of the restaurant one level, an expanded kitchen, the addition of outdoor seating in front of the building and a stone exterior.
The bar will also have a new look. Macher is adding windows to the bar and increasing the number of taps from six to 24 so the restaurant can offer more craft and local beer. Macher estimates those renovations will cost about $300,000.
Work at the Radford restaurant is scheduled to begin within the next two months, Macher said. The work will be done in sections so the restaurant can remain open.
The Blacksburg location on University City Boulevard just underwent work to remove a wall and make the entrance more spacious. The same was done at the Salem restaurant a few years ago, Macher said.
Macado’s, based in Roanoke, has 18 restaurants in Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina, and is growing. A Harrisonburg Macado’s is set to open in September. In October, work will start on the chain’s 20th location, in Kingsport, Tenn., where Macher is renovating an old Woolworths building. That restaurant is expected to open in February. Macher also plans to open a restaurant in Staunton, at its historic downtown train station. That restaurant is expected to open late next year.
Also in the column, Davidson’s Clothing for Men is adding a Peter Millar shop to its Grand Pavilion store, and Sun Medical, a Roanoke home medical supply company, has begun selling exercise equipment.