In October, 2011 the husband and wife ownership team began a three-phase renovation project at its popular restaurant.
Phase I was the creation of a new dining area; Phase II was the relocation of the entrance to the center; and Phase III was the expansion of the kitchen area.
Last Thursday, the Hayeses held a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the completion of the project at their American family restaurant. Customers praised the new look, the additional dining space, and the bright and comfortable atmosphere.
“I think the place looks great,” said Rolly with understandable pride. “This last phase of the expansion was probably the most important because it quadrupled the size of our kitchen and tripled the size of our restroom facilities.”
Of all the memorabilia on display at the restaurant are two are of particular pride to the Hayes family. One item that hangs proudly on the wall at Rolly’s is a Radford College basketball jersey. The Hayes’ son, Tom, was a point guard and four-year player at Division 1 Radford and played in the NCAA Basketball Tournament.
An American flag that their other son, Ryan, 30, carried around Afghanistan as a member of the U.S. Army is also on display at the restaurant.
“All of the guys in his platoon signed it,” said Wendy Hayes. “He carried it in his backpack throughout the year that he served in Afghanistan and it says in the corner, ‘If I don’t make it home, make sure that this gets to my dad, Roland Hayes.’ Ryan finished four years in the 82nd Airborne, two tours of Afghanistan and Iraq.”
There are plenty of regular customers at Rolly’s who dine there two or three times a week.
“We have some customers who eat here two times a day,” said Rolly. “On Sundays with our expansion and the football games on television, it’s been great and the crowds have been getting bigger every week. We do half price appetizers and 25 cent wings.”
What’s the most popular meal at Rolly’s?
“Probably the steak tips and the baked haddock are the most popular meals,” said Rolly.
A great new look and great food make for a winning combination at Rolly’s Tavern.