New restaurant marks continued growth of Roanoke's Wasena neighborhood

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) - The Wasena neighborhood continues to develop with the addition of several new businesses.

Bloom restaurant on Main Street is now open and serving up customers with farm-to-table, sustainable options. The formerly dilapidated space sat empty for a while, but has been redeveloped through Garland Properties.

The proprietor and chef, Nathaniel Sloan. said he hopes Bloom will help create a new borough within Roanoke with it's own flair.

"With our proximity to the Greenway and the beautiful Wasena Park right down the road, we're very fortunate in that sense,"he said, "And I think we can be a cultural epicenter for the city. It's kind of nice that we'll almost become a new borough for Roanoke and have our own little flair."

It's the fourth new businesses that's opened on the street within the last year. It joins R&D Coffee, RetroGetGo and a design studio called Line and Tow.

Sloan said he tried to source as much of his food from local farms. The menu will change throughout the week, based on what inspires his team and what foods are in season..

Sloan said he is already enjoying collaborating with other local businesses. He said R&D coffee provides hot coffee to customers, the owner of RetroGetGo is framing art for the restaurant's walls, and Line and Tow design studio created the organic aprons he wears in the kitchen.