Sal's Italian Restaurant in Blacksburg closing in June

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) A well-known restaurant in Blacksburg is closing next month seven years after it opened.

Sal's Italian Restaurant at the First and Main shopping center will last serve customers on June 18th.

The owner tells us he wants to be closer to his family in Radford where the original Sal's restaurant is.

Gift cards purchased for the Blacksburg restaurant can also be used in Radford or may be refunded.

Another Italian restaurant is moving in when Sal's leaves First and Main.

All employees at the Blacksburg location will work for the new restaurant when it opens in July.

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Note to customers from Owner Joe Pugliese:

It is with a heavy heart, that after 7 years of serving our friends and family, Sal's will be closing its Blacksburg location. It has been full of fun times, great food, delicious wine, hard work, wonderful people (and a few Hokey Pokey's thrown in there). We love this beautiful community, but family takes priority. I feel it’s best to return to my roots at Sal's Radford to be closer to my family. Thus it has been a very difficult and emotional decision and we are sad to close our doors here.

This community has given us a place to feel at home. It has been the site of many first dates, marriage proposals, graduation celebrations, wedding rehearsal dinners, Hokie sports fans, children born, children growing up, and so many more totally routine and sometimes extraordinary moments. We will miss all of it, and cherish those moments we were able to share with you.

Thank you to all of our customers! We loved taking care of you, and thank you for taking care of us too. This corner of the community has something unique and special- warm and welcoming neighbors, a comfortable place to nurture one's dreams, dedicated small business owners and patrons and a safe place for families to grow- it truly has been an honor to serve here.

We understand gift cards may have been purchased. Those may still be used at our Radford location, but we will also offer a refund for any remaining balance if preferred. We have set up an email to answer any questions or concerns you may have: GiftCardQuestions@aol.com. We will no longer sell gift cards for the Sal’s Blacksburg Location.

Our last day will be June 18th in our Blacksburg location, but we hope to see you all at our Radford location. Radford Sal's will remain open with my full commitment to continue serving amazing food and giving excellent customer service! Come see us at Sal's Radford at 709 West Main Street for your favorite Italian food fare and New York style pizza.