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Old 02-16-2013, 06:27 PM
 
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Where are they?? First off I just want to know if you think they are feasible in this city! They are feasible in Roanoke and are obviously there! If they were to come to linkhorne.. Where would they be? Lynchburg has a Cracker Barrel and Bob Evans that Roanoke doesn't have.
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Roanoke VA
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Red Robin in Blacksburg seems dead while the RR in Roanoke always seems to be active due to its location next to Valley view Mall. Carrabbas in R is always full in the evenings, I think due to its bar. The problem with
Carrabbas for me is that they aren't open for lunch but I believe they have finally understood the need.
The odd thing is that Olive Garden is right across the street from Carrabbas. BTW, the Olive Garden in Blacksburg seems very slow, the one in L seems busy and it is very nice. R needs a much better Golden Corral
the GC in L is much nicer. I thought Bob Evans was a lot like Dennys, great for Bkfst people. R finally got a Cook Out ! and it is a big hit! I am noticing a lot of restaurants that have been around a long time are closing due to higher food prices
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:52 AM
 
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But is a Red Robin in Lynhburg feasible ,and if so where? Same question for Carrabas
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Lynchburg
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Why are you wishing for mediocre chain resturants that are way overpriced? Isnt Carrabas basically the same as Olive garden anyway? Lynchburg has plenty of excellent local options for dining like isabellas, rivermont pizza ect.
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:33 PM
 
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Why are you wishing for mediocre chain resturants that are way overpriced? Isnt Carrabas basically the same as Olive garden anyway? Lynchburg has plenty of excellent local options for dining like isabellas, rivermont pizza ect.
agreed I have RR nearby and never go there. Nothing special. Same for Carrabas. There are several mediocre local Italian places just as good and a few much better.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Roanoke VA
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I am a big spaghetti/meat balls person. My favorite spot is La Villa off Timberlake Rd in Lynchburg.
The pasta is always fresh and the ingredients they put into their sauce is awesome! Another good place is
Mama Marias' in Salem. Although their spaghetti is not as good as La Villa their menu has the meaty bolognese
sauce and their buffet is good. It is hard to get good italian food in the South anyway. I guess all of the best
home grown italian restaurants are in NYC!
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:20 PM
 
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Olive Garden doesn't have anything on carrabas if u h e actually been so think before u speak!
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:11 PM
 
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Why are you wishing for mediocre chain resturants that are way overpriced? Isnt Carrabas basically the same as Olive garden anyway? Lynchburg has plenty of excellent local options for dining like isabellas, rivermont pizza ect.
Sorry, but I have to weigh in in favor of the chains, here. Due to diet, I'm particularly fussy about where I eat- I haven't eaten at a casual restaurant on Wards Rd.... well, since most were built. I tend to hover around Rivermont and downtown, but many in the region don't. I would be glad to see a few more people opting to drive to Lynchburg and pay our high meals tax to eat at a place that they used to drive to Roanoke or Charlottesville for. In my opinion, commercial development is the best type of growth for the city, outside of retirement or college focused residential complexes. The better the revenues for the city, the less fuss we get about reinvestment in the downtown, which will, in turn, bring more visitors. Win-Win.
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