A new restaurant area: ‘Lost in Taste’ (copy) | Z-non-digital
CHRISTIANSBURG — Alan Johnson wants to give locals a new dining and entertainment adventure.
At his new restaurant and sports bar on the east end of Christiansburg, Johnson suggests starting with the Canis Comets. That’s the name of the hushpuppies which he says are served with butter and blackberry “space” jam.
“They’re really fun,” he said.
But if they’re really craving something extraordinary, Johnson recommends the Earth’s Core burger, which, among other toppings, comes with Pepper Jack cheese, jalapenos and what he calls “supernova” sauce.
“It’s something we’re proud of,” Johnson said.
Johnson, who has years of management experience in the hospitality, restaurant and entertainment industries, owns and recently opened one of the newest additions to Christiansburg’s dining scene: Lost In Taste.
The establishment, which had its grand opening last Tuesday, is located at 2675 Roanoke St. in the building that housed a Denny’s restaurant.
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A Denny’s was in this location for a few years before closing in 2013. The restaurant chain returned in 2017 before finally closing again.
Johnson said he recalled the building because he spent several years working at the nearby Holiday Inn Express & Suites.
“I saw it,” he said. “And the [hotel] the guests who came there always asked: ‘Where can I find something to eat… and drink?’ »
Johnson said area hotels can fill up easily, especially during Virginia Tech sporting events.
So when Johnson began to seriously pursue his goal of running his own catering establishment, he knew a good location with traffic already in place.
“I saw an empty building in my community and I didn’t like it,” he said.
Johnson said he expects the restaurant and other nearby businesses, such as lawn and garden equipment retailer Power Zone, to complement each other and the area to receive heavy traffic from the east of Montgomery County and Interstate 81.
Johnson said he was also energized by the experience and knowledge he gained working at the hotel, as well as the local Bull & Bones Brewery and Grill and the Blacksburg Cinema now owned by B&B Theatres.
Johnson said his restaurant’s name is a play on the title of the Netflix series [originally a 1960s television show] “Lost in Space.” He said his restaurant’s theme was helped by the building’s aesthetic — which he said was perfect for a space-themed atmosphere — and the fact that the subject of space had widespread attraction.
One of the Lost in Taste logos shows a hamburger orbiting an astronaut’s head.
Johnson said many people are at least interested in space, whether for science or entertainment. In addition to the long existence of galactic media franchises such as “Star Trek” and “Star Wars,” he said it’s hard to miss space-related shows or movies on TV these days and movies. popular streaming apps.
“Everyone loves space,” Johnson said.
So when he started choosing the theme for his restaurant, Johnson said he was thinking, “I think we can do something here. We have something here.
The Big Bang Shrimp, Total Eclipse Salad, Black Hole Burger and Roswell Ribeye are other menu items.
And the drink menu includes the Galactic Cowboy Imperial Stout, a White Russian renamed Milky Way, and Cryo Coke, which features a blend of frozen Jack Daniels and vanilla.
In addition to food and drink, Lost in Taste provides several televisions for watching sporting events, an interactive jukebox that can play music from phones, and arcade-style games.