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New hours, new business?

By Susan Bahorich, sbahorich@wdbj7.com
Published On: Sep 04 2013 05:05:52 PM EDT
Updated On: Sep 04 2013 06:47:40 PM EDT

Two years after the Roanoke City Market building re-opened its doors, there are some changes in the works. The facility is extending vendors' hours.

ROANOKE, Va. -

Lunch is a busy time for Dan Mock.
Mock owns "Queso" in the City Market building.
For the last two-years, he's been wanting to spice things up and grow his business.
He's hopeful new hours will help.

"I'm very excited," says Mock. "We've been looking forward to this for a couple of years, since we came in here."

Starting Wednesday night, you won't have to scarf down your food worrying about a 7o'clock closing time.
Wednesdays and Thursdays the market will now be open until 9.
While, on Fridays and Saturdays, the building will close at 10.

"To be able to ofter dinner hours to support that, I think is going to be terrific for tourists, going to be terrific for the restaurants and going to be terrific for city residents as well," says Market Building Foundation Member Larry Davidson.

The Market Building Foundation says it been working with tenants to create more flexible hours and options for downtown diners.
Tenants like Mock will be able to set their own hours, within reason.

"We always kinda thought closing at 7 was an odd time to close the building -it's normally when people go out to dinner. So, we have these outside tables, this lovely inside dining and all have alcohol licenses, so we're hopefully looking forward to using it," Mock explains.

As for diners, the only concern about the new hours seems to be if they're late enough.

"I think on Friday and Saturday if they stayed open later, til 12 -it would be booming here!" says Helen McMahon laughing.

The new hours are on a trial basis and will be evaluated at the end of the year.

And good news for the market building, it's adding two new tenants.

A noodle restaurant which is scheduled to open in October.

And, Azar Jewelry, which left before renovations in 2011, is returning.

The Market Building will present its financials to the city council on October 7th.