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Chicken sandwiches and Southern classics are the specialties of a new restaurant preparing to roost in downtown Roanoke.

The Hatcha new endeavor that will be managed by the prolific Parry Restaurant Groupis gearing up to open in the Roanoke City Market Building.

The restaurant has designed a menu of Southern food, done right, said co-owner Jo Jo Soprano. That includes favorites such as shrimp and grits, fried catfish, collard greens, and mac and cheese.

The centerpiece will be a lineup of varied chicken sandwiches. “Chick-fil-A on steroids,” said Soprano, adding the restaurant will have its own secret blend of breading that takes the sandwiches to the next level.

The Hatch is aiming to open at the end of May but the exact timing will be driven by the final approval of its pending ABC license.

The restaurant will be taking over the 895-square-foot space, plus outdoor patio, last occupied by Wall Street Tavern.

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Over time, it plans to host live music, street festivals and other events. “We’re going to have fun,” Soprano said.

The restaurant expects to employ at least 25 people. It is owned by Soprano and other investors but will be managed day-to-day by Parry Restaurant Group, which is also part of other well-known destinations such as Beamers 25, Tuco’s Taqueria Garaje and Clutch Smoked Meats.

Pantry offers online gift registry

A downtown Blacksburg shop is rolling out a service previously dominated by major chains and department stores.

Gourmet Pantry & Cooking School, a specialty shop, is launching an online gift registry program. The Main Street store, which has been in operation for more than 20 years, said it believes it’s the first independent retailer in the Blacksburg region to offer such a feature.

Registries can be created either in-store or online. Honorees can add items that run the gamut of what the shop has to offer — from high-end cookware and kitchen gadgets to wines and cheeses to unique items like handmade pottery.

“The goal is to make everything as convenient as possible,” said Kimberley Boyer of Gourmet Pantry.

Shop owner Roya Nazare said she was excited to add a service that would make the store more accessible for customers everywhere. The registry is designed to help celebrate a variety of occasions from weddings to holidays to housewarmings.

Gourmet Pantry started exploring the service after noticing that gift registries seemed to be offered primarily by large-scale stores. The locally owned shop resolved to put its own stamp on the idea.

The gift registry program was slated to go live by May 20 on Gourmet Pantry’s website at gourmetpantryonline.com.

This is the third online service to be offered by the shop. Visitors to its website can also order gift baskets and buy gift certificates.

Gourmet Pantry’s storefront, located at 401 S. Main St. in Blacksburg, is open from 10 am to 6 pm Mondays to Saturdays.

Goodwill honors hospitality group

Goodwill Industries of the Valleys spotlighted hotel group Kalyan Hospitality for its work helping people secure job training and employment.

The hotel developer and manager, whose properties include local Holiday Innswas honored as Employer of the Year by the nonprofit.

The award recognized Kalyan Hospitality’s support for Goodwill’s GoodStart Reentry program, an initiative dedicated to helping clients with criminal histories rebuild their lives.

Kayland Hospitality’s commitment to the program, even amid the industry challenges of the pandemic, has had a substantial impact on people pursuing a second chance, said Goodwill.

Stable employment is one of the most pressing needs facing people in reentry. Studies show it can slash the risk of recidivism but work still remains to break down barriers to hiring for the demographic.

The Employer of the Year award was presented at Goodwill’s annual banquet held May 3 in Roanoke.

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