Business owners launch downtown growth

Downtown Roanoke

ROANOKE, Ind. (WANE) More businesses will soon move into the small town of Roanoke. The owners of a well-known restaurant are making it all possible.

Popular restaurant, Joseph Decuis is in the heart of downtown Roanoke. Its owners want to keep perfecting what they started: making the quaint town not only a place to live, but a destination.

The driving force of renovation in Roanoke started in 1990, with the Eshelman family’s American Specialty company.

“It had great bones but it had seen better days and as the insurance company kept growing, people kept coming to us saying, would you buy my building and we needed more space,” said Alice Eshelman, Co-owner of Joseph Decuis.

In 1997, Eshelman, her husband and brother in law opened Joseph Decuis.

“The restaurant started just as a way to entertain the guests and employees of the insurance company,” said Eshelman.

It became so popular, they started serving the public in 2000, making a name for itself across the region.

“The town of Roanoke has become a vibrant, active community where people love to come, they love to shop, it’s a great place to live, an award-winning elementary school, a great park.”

However, Eshelman said it’s time to take Roanoke’s revitalization to the next level.

“Our focus has been the restaurant and it’s time to let other people have a chance to help it grow.”

That’s when they called Reecer Properties, to help them sell some of their other properties they own downtown.

Six buildings and many more tenant spaces are up for grabs.

“I think its a great thing,” said Ted Cook, a Roanoke resident.

Each building ranges from $200,000 to $3 million.

“We’re going to probably see a lot of new, exciting, different types of restaurants and shops and that will just grow the reputation of Roanoke as they have done that past 20 years to make it the destination that it is today,” said Lynn Reecer, Co-owner and Managing Broker of Reecer Properties.

The listings will be available online starting February 1.

According to Eshelman, a zip line course is in the works near downtown and will open in early April.

Reecer Properties will open a leasing office in Roanoke.

For more information about the properties, visit Reecer Properties.

To learn more about Roanoke, visit Discover Roanoke.

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