Pine Tavern Restaurant is for sale.
For $499,000, Reed and Jane Embrey will turn over the keys and deed to one of the county’s longtime icons.
That’s for the restaurant and the building that houses it. The adjoining Pine Tavern Lodge is owned by others and is not on the market.
The Embreys bought the restaurant from Swede and John McBroom in 2004 for $250,000, turning the then-Italian eatery into a “family-style” offering that offered continuous servings of roast beef, chicken and ham with all the trimmings.
Grateful Dead cover band The Kind celebrates an anniversary and reunion Saturday night at the pavilion and stage that has hosted Leon Russell, Norman and Nancy Blake, Hamilton Loomis and area bands like the Sway Kats, Alleins, Electric Woodshed as well as others.
Embry owned Billy’s Ritz in Roanoke before buying the Pine, which will stay open while on the market for sale. He has a long career in restaurant management.
The restaurant is not the only eatery for sale in and around Floyd. Rays Restaurant has been on the market for a while.
Floyd County’s restaurant scene has seen several changes in recent years. Longtime eatery Oddfella’s Cantina closed last year and the Parkway Grill took over the empty space once occupied by Natasha’s over the Harvest Moon. The Blue Ridge Restaurant became the Blue Ridge Cafe after Whittney Petersen, former owner and operator of the True Grit Cafe in Orange County, California, relocated to Floyd County.