The former Patrick Henry Hotel is now starting to take its final and fully occupied form. Developer Ed Walker says all apartment, retail and commercial space is now under lease.The latest from WFIR’s Evan Jones.[audio:http://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/09-23-UptownJoes-Wrap-WEB.mp3|titles=09-23 UptownJoes Wrap-WEB]
The occasion today was the ceremonial ribbon-cutting for Uptown Joe’s, the donut, cafe and lunch-to-go spot on the ground floor. City Manager Chris Morrill says it’s a good example of the city’s goals for downtown: a small business that is part of The Patrick Henry’s renaissance, and by extension, downtown Roanoke’s. Next up at The Patrick Henry: 1st and 6th Restaurant and the hotel’s lobby bar. Developer Ed Walker says all that should open up next month.