A new restaurant is in the works for Old Southwest Roanoke.
The Garden Song Echo Cafe is moving into 808 Fifth St., a newly redeveloped building across from The Phoenix. Restaurant owner and nutritionist Maya Ittah, who is from Copper Hill, said the cafe will serve vegetarian foods focused on health and well-being. The restaurant will serve sandwiches, crepes, salads, coffee and teas. She also has applied for an ABC license to serve wine and beer for special events. Because it is next to a residential area, the restaurant went through the Roanoke Board of Zoning Appeals for approval to serve alcohol. That was granted unanimously by the board earlier this month.
The cafe space will seat about 15 people inside and will have an outdoor courtyard that can be used for seating and special events. An adjacent space in the same building will host a wellness shop that will offer services such as acupuncture and massages as well as herbs and counseling. The cafe and the herb shop are tentatively slated to open in October.