RIP The Homeplace

'Such a bitter sweet and emotional decision': The Homeplace will not reopen

As a family, with extended family and friends included, we have had many discussions, reflections, tears, and laughs, along with many prayers, trying to see the best path for the future of our business, and our family as a whole. In conclusion, we have decided to not reopen The Homeplace Restaurant.

We are so thankful that we have had the opportunity to serve the Catawba Valley, the Roanoke community, and beyond for 38 plus years. The support we have been given has been beyond amazing.

All those years ago, Harold Wingate (Dad) had a dream that many folks thought just couldn't come true. It did come true, and we were blessed to run a family business for a long time.

After Covid hit, we were closed for 10 plus months, with a small window of 4 months with takeout, including a few weeks trying to have limited indoor dining.

There are many factors to be taken into consideration when trying to bring a business back up and running, especially after the circumstances we have been facing.

Again, our heartfelt thanks to our employees, our loyal customers, and many others for the prayers, support, and love you have shown over the years.

This is such a bitter sweet and emotional decision for our family. We ask for no interviews at this time.

With our sincere thanks, The Wingate Family

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Sucks for the family. However, their food was nothing special. The Pine Tavern in Floyd was way better.

speak for yourself that place rocked

Growing up in the area, the homeplace was more of a novelty to non-local VT students. Swinging bridge is another that comes to mind with better food.

the homeplace was more of a novelty to non-local VT students

I kind of agree and I'm not from the area. The fried chicken and pork bbq were good, the biscuits and apple butter were very good, but the other sides were very clearly out of a can to accommodate the volume.

Having said all that, it was always a fantastic time, even with a long wait, and especially after a good hike. I'll miss it.

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

100% agree. It was all about the good time and memories. Fighting over who had to drive back. Food was ok

This man does not speak for the rest of the people from the area. That place was a local treasure.

Gobble Till You Wobble

I went once and would have gone again to share the experience with others that hadn't yet. At the end of the day, it was home cooked meal. It was too far off the beaten path to be my top choice for a special occasion.

"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it." - K

That's interesting because I went 3 times and all 3 times it was a large majority non-college age folks with a huge waiting time backup.

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I have never wanted to downvote for an opinion more in my life.

Hmm...I may challenge him on that.

Grew up in Roanoke..literally birth to 18.

#visits to the Homeplace: 0

Knew many people that loved this place dearly, but it wasn't my taste. Still, unfortunate for the family, very sad to see a family owned business have to close. The economics for these sorts of establishments are just awful right now.

#visits to the Homeplace: 0

but it wasn't my taste.

but...how?

Don't knock it till you try it

It's always darkest before the dawn ~ Thomas Fuller

Don't knock it till you try it

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

I took away my downvote, but my god do you deserve it for this post.

Removing features to get people to sign up for your service is something EA would would do.

As Homeplace is gone...please tell me more about The Pine Tavern...

It's basically the same food setup: family style. Right outside of downtown Floyd, the restaurant is part of a historic hotel. The roast beef is my favorite option. Everything is served on a platter or by the bowl. Reasonable prices too. Menu

Glad I got to try it the last trip I took up.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Thanks Frank!

If in Richmond and want something similar try Tanglewood Ordinary.

http://ordinary.com/

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Can confirm, the Ordinary was a delightful home-cooking meal and experience when the wife and I visited years ago.

VTCC '86 Delta Company, Hokie in Peru, Former Naval Aviator, Former FBISA, Forever married to my VT87 girl. Go VT!

All I can say:

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This is sad for me... not because of the food (the biscuits and apple butter were elite), but because of the memories. It was rare my dad and uncle wanted to leave our hunting camp in Craig during deer season when I was a kid, and although the camp meals were great, there was just something about being a kid and getting to eat out at a cool place. The Homeplace was the one place my dad and uncle would go to on occasion. Those are good memories.

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(the biscuits and apple butter were elite)

Heckity heck, French! I now agree with a whopping three of your food takes and I am concerned I'm gonna have to binge eat some cheese tomorrow to compensate

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

Very sad news. Grabbing dinner there was such a perfect way to reward yourself after doing one of the Triple Crown hikes.

Okay, as an avid hiker and a VT grad, I'm embarrassed to have to ask. What were the Triple Crown Hikes? Never heard that team. Maybe it came in vogue after I left. First guess would be:

Dragon's Tooth
McAfee Knob
Something else - Tinker Cliffs maybe?

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Great guess! You are correct

Thank you. I feel good!

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This is so sad. I have many fond memories of huge groups of friends eating there. The food was good overall, biscuits and apple butter were amazing, and I have fond memories of peach cobbler with ice cream when I was already stuffed. But hey, we drove all the way out there to gorge ourselves, and that we did. RIP Homeplace, and thanks to the family for many years of good meals.

2020 devastated the food service industry...such a shame.

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

I don't want to side track the thread, but if anything, 2020 exposed the fragile nature of so many industries

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Something didnt have to be fragile to collapse after 12 month of lost income. I agree it did expose fragile businesses, but it also crushed strong businesses.

"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it." - K

The food industry was also very oversaturated in many areas. Too many restaurants/bars have opened in my area in the past few years and were barely making it as it was. You'd go in on a Friday evening and they'd be at 1/4-1/3 capacity before the pandemic. That or they expanded too much right before. When they had to eat it for a couple months they couldn't.

I was reading an article like 2 years ago that had an insane stat of the increases in rrstaurants in the last 10 years was 600%

I always enjoyed the scenery driving to The Homeplace on Mt Tabor Rd. Wasn't as enjoyable driving back while fighting off the food coma though.

Peach cobbler >>>> the other flavors.

Maybe it was a case of keeping struggling business afloat vs. cashing out / selling the family property in the midst of an insane real estate market...maybe they will soon be putting the estate up for sale.

I worked there for four years before attending VT. AMA.

What brand or who was the apple butter supplier?

Not sure if it was always, but they sold jars of Ann's Apple Butter (from Troutville) near the register. Tasted the same to me!

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

You are correct! It was Ann's. We received it in truckloads of gallon jars every couple of months. Their biscuits with that were definitely elite.

Thanks. I see it is carried by a retailer in my area so I will pick some up. I love me some good apple butter but it will have to be very good to compete with my late grandparents home made stuff that I had for 25-30 years.

Why wasn't Mac and cheese a daily item

Removing features to get people to sign up for your service is something EA would would do.

Because it's a crap food.

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How many times do we have to have this arguement firemanπŸ˜‘πŸ˜‚

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Chasing Ponce de Leon's phantoms
So filled with hope
I can taste mythical fountains
False hope, perhaps
But the truth never got in my way
Before now, feel the sting
Feeling time bearing down

Fireman's just dyslexic. He meant "carb" food

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Then why is it ever only on the kids menu?

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Why is quinoa only ever on the adult dinner menu?

Removing features to get people to sign up for your service is something EA would would do.

Why is it on a menu at all?

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French: I am the king of bad food takes!

Fireman: Hold my beer...

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I regret that I have but one upvote to give this hot take that had me snorting Coca Cola out my nose. Well played fellow Hokie, well played indeed.

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I disagree with your comment, but I will say that their Mac and cheese was some of the worst I have had.

Man

some of the worst

that's saying something because All Mac and Cheese is inherently bad.

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Which sides were prepared fresh and which sides were from a can?

Fresh:
Chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, biscuits, Mac and cheese.
Canned:
All beans, apples, corn.

Some serious carnivorism when chicken is a side.

Would always hike Dragon's Tooth and then finish the day off with homeplace during college. I am devastated. No questions at this time.

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

Horrible to hear about a year like that as a business owner I can only imagine everything they went through.

I am extremely thankful I was able to keep my business open and continue to operate every day and feed my family.

I'm pretty sure we decided a long time ago to steer clear of posts like this. Might want to edit that one.

I want to emphasize your post,
WTF!?!? Mods, please.....

Way out of bounds. We don't do this here.

No one else reply to this.

Edit: my bad

Tears in my eyes
Chasing Ponce de Leon's phantoms
So filled with hope
I can taste mythical fountains
False hope, perhaps
But the truth never got in my way
Before now, feel the sting
Feeling time bearing down

Hmm. Is that better? I edited.

Condemnation removed based on the edit. No generic COVID tangents and complaining. Too many threads had to be shut down that way.

For those close to the Tri Cities area this place was hands down better than The Homeplace. Better meats, better sides, better dessert. The fried chicken is superb.

http://thekitchenatgracemeadows.com/

And this is from someone who LOVED the fried chicken at the Homeplace.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

As someone who currently lives in Tri-Cities, WA, I was VERY CONFUSED for a minute there.

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Thanks Frank!

4 1/2 years as a student, and many trips back before relocating to Georgia, and I never went to Homeplace. Have heard many stories from others regaling about it's former glory, but also that in more recent years before COVID the quality might have slipped a tad. I attributed part of that opinion to the fact that we weren't poor students used to living off the sea nuggets at Dietrick (this was before the investments made into improving to the on campus dining of today) anymore, our standards had risen since, and chances are Homeplace hadn't changed as much as we had!

Anyway, sorry to hear of it's demise. Best wishes to the owners in their next endeavor.

This sucks. I've always told my wife I wanted to take her there next time we were up there. One of my favorite places.

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