Late-night food coming to downtown Bristol

POSTED: 5:41 PM Jun 25 2013   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Jun 26 2013
BRISTOL, Tenn/Va. -

For some people donuts are a breakfast food, but Blackbird Bakery in Bristol, Virginia is hoping some people will want to eat donuts at all hours of the day and night.

"We will open the doors at 6 a.m. Monday morning and we won't close the doors again until Saturday at midnight," says Blackbird Bakery owner Carla Perkins.

Starting July 1, the Blackbird Bakery will be open 24 hours a day, six days a week. "We have employees here all through the night making the stuff you see here. That oven is going all night, donuts are being cranked out. Why not add one more person and be able to service the people that work a third shift?" asked Perkins.

In addition to the new hours, the bakery will be adding some new menu items, including specialty coffee drinks and ice cream. "There are probably not a lot of places where you can get this kind of food 24 hours a day. You never know when a hunger pang will hit you and you'll have to come and visit. I think it's good," says customer Melissa Lambert.

If you have a late night craving for some pizza, soon Bristol will have that too, until 4 a.m. "There are a lot of people that come on downtown and patronize all the local bars and really it's sad that they have no place to go afterwards to kind of sit back and unwind," says Roland Ramierz, owner of recently-opened Little Italy Pizza.

Little Italy Pizza has only been on 6th Street for a few weeks, but owners here already realize the need for late-night food. "Eat a slice, go get a donut, and boom, have a coffee, you'll be woken right up," laughs Ramierz.