Meager parking availability in downtown Louisa is cited for the recent closure of a Main Street restaurant.
Joe White, owner of Joe Joe’s Super Heroes and Steaks, said that played a role in lackluster sales at the business which had been in operation for about a year.
And while he regrets having to close after, White said the decision wasn’t difficult to make.
“You’re breaking even, not making money,” he said. “It’s one of those ordeals.”
The restaurant was the second eatery in the county owned by White. The original Joe Joe’s location in the town of Mineral continues to enjoy a brisk business after five years in operation.
Plans are underway to open another Joe Joe’s restaurant on James Madison Highway in Orange by the end of this month.
“We’re sorry to leave,” White said. “Unfortunately, we have to do what we’ve got to do.”
Mayor Garland Nuckols expressed his disappointment that the restaurant had to close, but understands that it was a business decision and said he hopes another business will lease the location.
“I want to keep the town vibrant and moving,” Nuckols said. “I know that the last couple of people who have been in there … it has been short term and then they were gone.”
In the last 15 years, the building at 121 West Main Street has been home to several businesses including two coffee shops, a cafe and two soul food restaurants.
(Article by Deana Meredith)
This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s June 13, 2019 issue.
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