Daily Grind, as the doors close...

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Many of us have met at the Daily Grind on 419 in Roanoke for coffee, lunch, or fellowship and it’s become almost a home away from home for some. Countless relationships, ideas, and friendships have been forged at the very booth I’m sitting in as I write these thoughts.

If walls could talk…what would they say here? Would they talk about the frequent regulars like Heather Jacobson, John Lusher, Marty Martin, and Susan England? Or, would they tell about all of the creations that have come from these booths – like Project Give and other non-profit efforts? We’ll never know of many of the ideas, but rest assured they’re plentiful.daily grind

As I sit here observing, I see patrons visiting with each other. Some talking about the snow, some talking about their futures, some just being present, and a few truly diving deep into conversation as if no one else were here. Without Daily Grind, would any of this be happening? I suppose it would be taking place at Mill Mountain or MoJo Cafe, but there’s something special about this address. It’s not the coffee or the food, it’s the owners. On any given day, you can see Jeanie Patterson floating to engage with her “family”. Just ask. Most will tell you they come because of Jeanie. They come because they feel a part of their extended family, and rightfully so. Have a chat with Jeanie or Jim (husband) and both will admit their love for the people who occupy these seats and not for reasons you may think (profit, and such). They care because it’s in their DNA. Natural networkers, if you will.

So, should we be sad, full of remorse that our establishment is leaving? Nope.

The Staff (including Jeanie), is staying. And, let’s face it, we don’t come here for the coffee – we come here for the people. We come for the relationships. We’ll take a sabbatical for a few weeks, but then? Then…there’s this:

Enter Baha Bistro.

Word is…they’ll have FRESH tacos, nachos, salads, etc…and the best part? Margaritas. I can see Roanoke’s TwitterSphere going crazy for #MargaritaMondays already (I know you’re in @JohnLusher, I’ll probably be there too @joshperrington)…and let’s make that happen. Let’s pull together and support the efforts of Roanoke’s very own. Who better to initiate a recovery, than us.

As I wrap up, I realize this will be the last time I post from Daily Grind. The signs come down February 6th, but the memories remain for a lifetime.

You will be missed, my friend.

Comments (6)

Christa LaFarlette (la-far-let)
Your Choice Real Estate - Orange Park, FL

Oh, I really dislike when the places I enjoy go away.  But then again, how early is too early for Margarita's?

Feb 03, 2010 11:58 AM
Ralph Gorgoglione
Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes - Kihei, HI
Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407

Sounds like a cool joint.

Isnt' that the name of the coffe place on Friends?

Oh, no wait, that's Central Perk

Feb 03, 2010 11:59 AM
Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

Josh, sounds like a wonderful meeting place.  Hope the new place is a good and all the friends remain.

Feb 03, 2010 12:44 PM
Graig Ponthier
Homes & Land of Greater San Antonio - San Antonio, TX

Interesting, we have a place in Boerne, Texas called the Daily Grind that also closed. It was a great palce and always seemed busy. We distributed our real estate magazines there.

Feb 03, 2010 01:12 PM
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Grants Pass, OR - Bend, OR
The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS

Josh ~ I LOVE cafes and coffee, thus the name, Real Estate Cafe.  I have seen some of my favorite places come and go, and it's always sad.  But, new places pop up, springing forth opportunities for new faces and friendships :)

Feb 03, 2010 03:39 PM
Frances C. Rokicki
Fran Rokicki Realty, LLC - Bolton, CT

Nice post!  I used to frequent a breakfast/lunch restaurant when my children were little.  We would go there, directly, from Church on Sunday mornings.  Many of the patrons and the owners, became an extended family to us.  Most of them attended my Son's Graduation from high school and college.  They bonded with my children and taught them wonderful life lessons.  Your post made me smile and remember those lovely days, gone by.

I've been to Roanoke.  My youngest Daughter attended and graduated from, Lynchburg College and we did use the airport in Roanoke many times.

Hoping to attend the Buffini Turning Point in March, too.  It's being held in Richmond.  Not to bad a drive:)


Feb 06, 2010 05:43 AM

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