Local Café and Market Opening in Lucketts

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By Nick Matta

Richard Rosendale, a highly regarded chef, is opening up Roots 657, the first café-market hybrid in Lucketts. The new café is currently accepting applications at their location off of route 15, just past the Little Rock Motel; and is set to open in the fall.

The goal of Roots is to bring local produce and traditional Virginia dishes to an area that seriously lacks places to eat and shop. They will be offering house-made soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods, available for dining in or out. Roots will also feature a market where locals can buy gifts and produce. They will be open daily from 10:30am to 9:00pm.

Chef Rosendale, who will be head of the kitchen, left his prestigious job at the Greenbrier Resort to come to Roots in hopes of a more meaningful culinary experience. He’ll be bringing his years of expertise and his passion for local and home-style cuisine to the Lucketts area.

Muriel Sarmadi owns the property where Roots is located, and has owned it for many years. This property also includes the Motel next door. It has been a dream of hers to open a café in the area since before 2013.

You can find more information on the opening of Roots 657, their concept behind the café as well as their menu online at roots657.com. You can also pick up applications on-site.