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Saturday, May 25, 2013
The space on the corner of Campbell Avenue and Fifth Street in downtown Roanoke hasn’t had a tenant for a year or more, but it will soon be bustling with the smell of coffee and scratch-made food.
Business partners Jerry Duncan and Jerry Rush hope to open 501 Speakeasy in the storefront by June 15.
Both men have experience in restaurants. Duncan has worked as a cook in local establishments including Howard’s Soup Kitchen and Bread Craft. He also has worked with Across the Way Productions, which puts on FloydFest each year, and is an artist. Rush co-owned a coffee shop called Freckles on Luck Avenue before it closed.
501 Speakeasy will serve coffee drinks, teas, soda-fountain-style soft drinks and lunch and dinner fare. After they get their ABC license, Duncan said, they want to serve Virginia beer and wine.
Previously, the space at 501 Campbell Ave. housed Marie’s Caribbean Creole Cuisine and Big Pine Provisions.
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