Grandin growth includes new restaurants, wine bar and expansions

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) - After a fire broke out at a local bar this week, the Grandin community jumped in to help get it back on its feet. But repairs to the Community Inn won't be the only new things this summer.

"We are getting the hopefully the last coat of paint in the wine tasting floor," said Jimmy Muscaro surrounded by furniture. "As you can look around just kind of put the puzzle together."

Muscaro is working now on fixing up a piece of the Grandin Village puzzle. The former owner of Jimmy Sardines is opening The Jolly Grape, a new wine bar and eatery going into the old Benjamin Moore paint building next to the laundromat.

"It'll be a place where you can come in and bring a group in if you want to to taste wine, you can actually rent the whole place out," Muscaro said. "We'll be multi functional for sure."

It's a welcome addition to the Grandin Family.

"We need more businesses to kind of extend the village," said Erica Sipes. Owner of Imagination Station. "Like we're sort of in this weird middle zone where people don't even come up this far."

Sipes also heads up the Grandin Villiage Business Association.
She said in addition to the Jolly Grape, Farmburguesa will open their Grandin location in May. Rockfish is also freshening up.

"They just did a big rebranding, new menu, all of that type of thing," she said.

And Scratch Biscuit and the Village Grill are expanding their outdoor space. The owners wrote on their Facebook page. "Our current smokehouse will be converted into more outside seating for both restaurants, and will be connected to our current bocce court. Also ... a fire pit will be installed along with some lounge style furniture to hang out in. Not to mention a bigger and better smokehouse for all your BBQ needs!"

"Nathan down there keeps growing his businesses down there," said Sipes. "And really a fun place to be."

That's what the businesses here are working toward, as they continue the good relationship she says they have with the entire neighborhood.

“I have so many customers that come in and check on us," she said. "They want us to do well because we are part of their neighborhood.”

And, Muscaro said, he feels like the Grandin Village continues to make a name for itself among the growth.

“I feel like it’s becoming a destination like when you come to Roanoke, 'hey go check out the Grandin area,'" Muscaro said. "It’s becoming more than just a nice little village place it’s actually becoming a destination.”

Sipes said an event this Friday, Grandin Chillage, will feature a family-friendly event with beer, music and food trucks. Tip money from the Chillage events always go toward a local charity. But Sipes said this Friday's event will also give proceeds to the employees of the Community Inn.

Locals can keep up with events in the Grandin by following Grandin Village on Facebook.