Barrel Chest Wine & Beer is moving to a new location.
The business — part retailer, part bar — will relocate this summer to Franklin Road, near its intersection with Wonju Street. Barrel Chest will close the Electric Road space it has occupied since 2014 at the end of June and hopes to open its new location in July, said owner Martin Keck.
The move was prompted by a number of factors. Keck said he always wanted to own, rather than rent, the building he did business in and was looking for more space.
“Even though our current space is a good size space, we’ve been bursting at the seams for about three years,” he said.
Plus, the Electric Road location had some challenges. It’s set back from the road a bit, making it hard to see, Keck said, and the divided highway made it difficult to get into Barrel Chest’s parking lot.
Keck said the new location offers an additional 2,000 square feet and is also closer to downtown Roanoke, which seems to be more convenient for many of the business’ patrons.