Downtown Blacksburg’s Backstreets to close
[UPDATED]: 1:39 p.m. March 11
Since General Manager Eric Sturm announced the closing of Backstreets Pizza and Grill last week, fans of the Blacksburg restaurant have been lining up to order their favorite menu items one last time.
On Monday, Sturm confirmed the restaurant has done a lot of business over the past few days and has been busier this year than at this point last year, and that has caused them to reconsider the closing date.
Because Backstreets has been selling more than they anticipated, Sturm said the restaurant will close on March 23, earlier than originally planned.
Sturm also confirmed the restaurant will be demolished to make way for another business, but could not comment further on what that business might be.
Backstreets Pizza and Grill has been serving up pizza pies to Blacksburg residents and Virginia Tech students since 1984, but the restaurant at 207 S. Main St. will soon close.
General Manager Eric Sturm, who has worked at Backstreets since 1987, said the restaurant will close its doors for the final time on April 6.
The restaurant has been up for sale since last summer and is currently under contract, Sturm said. He believes there’s going to be another restaurant moving into the space, but he said he could not comment further.
“It’s gotten to the point where it’s time to move on and I want to do other things,” Sturm said. “There’s not really anyone ready to step into this position and take over.”
Sturm said owner Steve Andrews put the restaurant on the market and that both believed it would take at least a year or two to sell the business. The process, Sturm said, went a little quicker than he thought.
“There’s been a lot of factors in it that make us want to move on. If it was just the economy, we could fight through it,” Sturm said.
He said employees at the restaurant have been notified, and he is trying to help the employees find other work.
With the end nearing for the restaurant, Sturm said he wanted to thank the community for the support they’ve given the restaurant over the past 29 years.
“We’ve really tried to be more than a business; we’ve tried to be an asset to the community,” Sturm said. “We’d like to be remembered for all the good times we’ve had over the years.”
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