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Martin’s cancels concerts following new COVID measures

Roanoke, Virginia – Virginia’s new measures to tackle COVID are not only impacting restaurants and bars, but the music scene in our hometowns.

The stage will stay dark at Martin’s Downtown in Roanoke until further notice.

The restaurant announced Monday it will cancel all its concerts and performances while the new measures are in place.

The owner said it was a tough decision, but the only one that made sense, given restrictions that put a curfew on alcohol sales and consumption.

“You know, I gave it some thought to maybe move music earlier, but the bottom line is that we are a restaurant first and it just doesn’t work with our model to have music going at 7 o’clock or 8 o’clock at night when we are trying to be a full-service restaurant,” Owner Jason Martin said.

Martin said he is finding ways to be bring back some missed revenue, and has plans to offer a Sunday brunch for several weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Marco Harmon

I was born and raised in Roanoke, VA. I studied Communications Studies at Roanoke College, and I’ve been part of the news industry ever since. Visiting my favorite downtown Roanoke bars and restaurants with my friends is how I spend most of my free time when I'm not at the desk.

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