🌱 New restaurant to open ‘On The Hill’ + New coworking space in the center

Hello and happy Sunday, Roanokers! Here’s a look at what’s happening around town.

But first, today’s weather:

Sunny, windy and colder. High: 43 Low: 25.

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Here are the top stories in Roanoke today:

  1. A teenager who went missing in Bedford County last week may be in Roanoke, authorities say. Noah Barber, 16, was last seen in the Bedford County area closest to Vinton on March 12 and is believed to be heading southeast from Roanoke. Anyone with information on Barber’s whereabouts is asked to call Investigator Alderson at (540) 586-4800 ext. 4061 or Bedford County Dispatch at (540) 586-7827. (WDBJ)
  2. Roanoke County has temporarily suspended its recycling program after a fire broke out at the facility of its recycling contractor, Recycling and Disposal Solutions. The building is located at the corner of Hitech Road and Enon Drive off Plantation Road and sustained an unknown amount of damage Friday morning. Until further notice, all trailers leaving Roanoke County will be removed and a sign will be posted explaining the situation. (WDBJ)
  3. The easily recognizable former Carlos Brazilian International Cuisine hilltop building on Electric Road has new owners in Roger Neel and Neal Keesee, the couple behind other beloved Roanoke restaurants including Billy’s, 202 Social House and Frankie Rowlands. Neel and Keesee said they plan to open an establishment called OTH Chop House and Oyster Bar, which will focus on fresh seafood, a raw bar and high-end cuts of meat. The name OTH stands for On The Hill and the restaurant is expected to open in May. (WSLS)
  4. A new mental health practice called Tandem Behavioral Health has opened in Roanoke and officially began seeing patients on February 1st. The facility offers the area’s first outpatient substance abuse program for adults and received its license after reaching a late 2022 call to action from the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services of Virginia. “There was more need for this program than the available facilities, so we answered that call and started licensing and got the license at the end of January,” said Executive Director Lakieshia Swain. The company plans a grand opening for March 25, but an address for the facility was not provided. (WSLS)
  5. Downtown Roanoke will soon be home to a new coworking space called The Quarters, the first of its kind in the downtown area. The building is located at 351 Campbell Ave. SW across from the Roanoke City Police Department and will feature 3,200 square feet of open space, personal offices and conference rooms when renovations are complete. “Most people who live downtown live in relatively small apartments. So working in a relatively small apartment five days a week and living there can be a little bit too much and it’s also isolating. This allows people to work in an office environment. be around others, meet people you might not meet in your usual network and create a sense of community,” said owner Bill Chapman. The Quarters is accepting members and you can learn more by clicking here. (WDBJ)

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  • Roanoke Fire Department: “We hope you’re ready to start the weekend with a smile, because it’s time to meet London! Station 2, turn C, played host to our new friend from the Regional Animal Care and Protection Center today , and was able to enjoy the company of a…” (Roanoke FireEMS Department via Facebook)
  • Roanoke Valley SPCA: “Our Community Cat Crew volunteers battled rain, wind and snow last weekend in their effort to help outdoor kitties. Because of their a-MEOW-zing efforts, 16 cats were spayed and vaccinated against rabies, and returned to their love. …” (SPCA of Roanoke Valley via Facebook)
  • Downtown Roanoke, Inc.: “SOLD OUT!!! THANK YOU to everyone who purchased tickets to see Darius Rucker at the Budweiser Summer Series at Elmwood Park! A portion of all ticket sales will go to The Life Ring Foundation’s Fighting Kids’ Cancer initiative .Visit Life…” (Downtown Roanoke, Inc. via Facebook)
  • Roanoke Police Department – VA: “We would like to thank our friends at the Gainsboro YMCA for hosting a fish fry today, providing our officers with a wonderful meal, and supporting at-risk youth in our community.” (Roanoke Police Department – VA via Facebook)
  • Roanoke Valley SPCA: “Our friend Lilla just celebrated her 8th birthday and instead of asking for presents, she decided to collect donations for the animals at the Roanoke Valley SPCA! Lilla and her dad dropped off all the food, toys, the dog beds and the money… .” (SPCA of Roanoke Valley via Facebook)
  • Roanoke Valley SPCA: “Did you know that female cats can come into heat and become pregnant as early as 4 months of age? After this first heat cycle, the cat will go back into heat every 2-3 weeks until she is spayed or becomes pregnant! imagine, it’s…” (Roanoke Valley SPCA via Instagram)

Alright, you’re all up for today! See you tomorrow morning for another update.


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