PULASKI, Va. (WDBJ) - Justin Brown and Brandon White are both in their early 20s, but their age isn't stopping them from opening a New Orleans-style restaurant called Crescent City Cafe in downtown Pulaski.
It's part of a $1.5 million Main Street revitalization project that will also include four new apartments and a virtual reality center.
"This is really one of the first projects to start attracting 20-year-olds, 30-year-olds to come here, move here, set up businesses, their families and bring Pulaski back to life," said Steve Critchfield.
Critchfield is the president of West Main Development, whose investors contributed most of the funding for this phase of the project.
He says the young faces leading the way will help provide the energetic vibe he is looking for.
"What I'm excited the most about is the people that are involved in this project, for the most part, I think the average age is around 22, 23 and that is really what this town needs," he said.
Brown, 23, said he's gotten plenty of advice throughout the process so far.
"I only have like five years of experience in the food industry and most people who do this start with like 10 or more so I've needed a lot of help and I've got that because people have realized that this is going to be more than just a one person type of project," he said.
The developers said they believe the new additions will help turn Pulaski into a destination town.
"I love this area. It's a beautiful area. It's my home, so I just want to see it flourish as much as possible and Pulaski is a great place for that to happen," Brown said.
Critchfield said he's hoping to get everything open for business by next summer.