Taco bar, market, & alehouse coming to Craghead Street in Danville


DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) - Three new businesses are coming to the 500 block of Craghead Street, including a market, a taco and tequila bar, and an ale and smokehouse.

The businesses will be located inside the Hughes building.

The taco bar, which will be in suite 100, is set to open in the fall, and is owned Rick Barker and Stephan Parry.

Parry is managing partner of the Parry Restaurant Group, and owns El Jèfe in Lynchburg and Tuco’s in Roanoke,”

This new taco bar will have 10 different taco options and over 100 types of tequila.

Officials say the interior will be themed after the Day of the Dead.

“We have experienced a tremendous positive response with similar projects in the last two years with El Jèfe in Lynchburg and Tuco’s in Roanoke,” said Parry. “Both restaurants are praised by customers for our use of fresh ingredients and food prepared daily, with over 100 types of tequila offered, all at an affordable price. We see a healthy demand for high-quality food and beverages delivered in a unique and entertaining setting.”

Local entrepreneur, Steve DelGiorno will be opening Craghead Market in Suite 102 and says the market will focus on providing healthy options that are organic, minimally process, and raised without hormones and antibiotics.

Craghead Market will offer freshly baked goods, fresh flowers, staple grocery items, fresh produce and meats, beer and wine, an assortment of dairy items and frozen foods.

“Our mission is to expand the culinary offerings in the region, both in food service and retail,” said DelGiorno. “As such, there’s no place we’d rather be next than on Craghead Street while partnering with Rick on his latest development.” Five commercial spaces and seven luxury apartments will also be available for lease this fall.

Danville officials say that Barker will partner with DelGiorno to open Preservation Ale and Smokehouse in 2018. They say the pub will offer rotating taps of lagers, ales and specialty beers, with an emphasis on seasonality, along with BBQ

“Three years ago, I described Craghead Street’s 500 block historically as a brilliant smile, originally with 11 teeth (buildings). Over the years, several teeth were removed and the gleam gradually faded. Upon learning of 518’s pending demolition, I realized that the smile, and the street’s architectural integrity, would soon be changed forever,” said Barker. “Then, a conversation evolved with the Office of Economic Development about restoring the smile. That is, saving the existing teeth and possibly replacing some that were removed, to eventually recreate the brilliance of the early twentieth century, here in the early 21st century.”

To meet the demands of commercial and residential development, the Industrial Development Authority of Danville is constructing a 96-space parking lot along the block.

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