ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — For some areas, Restaurant Week is an annual tradition. However, Roanoke County is hosting Restaurant Week(s) for the first time this year.
WFXR News’ Hazelmarie Anderson checked in with Roanoke County restaurants on Sunday, Feb. 21 to see how they’re faring amid a pandemic and the freezing temperatures that have caused some to shut their doors.
At Gina’s Food with Flavor, the Salem soul food restaurant kicked off the second half of Roanoke County Restaurant Weeks with a bang after dealing with the winter weather.
“It did hit me for two days. I can deal with the snow, but the ice, I just can’t risk anyone’s safety,” said owner Peggy Fleming. “So I did close down and lost those sales, but my God, on Friday, they came out and they supported it and haven’t skipped a beat since.”
For Farmburguesa in Vinton, the weather may have stopped some people from dining in, but the orders kept on coming.
“Actually, our delivery has been gone up, gone up a little bit because of the weather,” said Gavin Pascal, a Farmburguesa employee. “Because, you know, people don’t want to go out because they’re afraid of the road.”
Roanoke County Economic Development launched this program to help give local restaurants a boost amid the financial pressure of the pandemic.
“We’ve had our ups and downs some weeks have been better than others,” Pascal said.
“You’re spending more money on those disposable items versus your food,” said Fleming.
Thanks to restaurant week, new faces are being introduced to new local flavors.
“Every day, new customers,” Fleming said. “It’s really overwhelming, the love and support we’ve gotten
“It’s really great,” said Pascal. “You get to see people that, you know, they’re like, ‘Oh, I’ve never been here before.'”
Roanoke County Restaurant Weeks last until Feb. 28. Each participating restaurant offers lunch and dinner specials at varying price points that are sure to please your wallet and your pallet.
For a full list of participating restaurants or more details on how Restaurant Weeks work in Roanoke County, follow this link.