Had dinner with my good friend Pete Krull at Lebanon restaurant on Roanoke City Market last night and it was a dandy. He enjoyed the lamb kabob (18 ounces of lamb) and I had the chicken (a lot of it, too). Wonderfully spicy and with a garlic sauce on the side to die for.
Pete, an investment advisor who concentrates on investments that you can be proud of (no cigarettes, shoes made with slave labor, gas companies employing fracking and building pipelines across farms, etc.), was visiting clients in Roanoke. His office is in Asheville, but he used to live here with his striking, red-haired wife Melissa. Asheville is my hometown.
Later in the evening, Pete was in the bar at the Hotel Roanoke and in walked “my old intern Mark Warner.” Yep, same Mark Warner who is now a senator from Virginia. I’ll have to get the “intern” remark clarified, since Mark is older than Pete. Warner had been the keynote speaker earlier in the evening at the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council’s 19th annual TechNite awards banquet in Blacksburg.