Restaurant Row in Sutton
Something is happening in Sutton, West Virginia!
A few years ago I visited Sutton and came across a town similar to many downtowns all across America. Empty storefronts, dust-covered windows and a feeling a despair as a once vibrant downtown was crumbling before the eyes of people who remembered the busier days.
There are reasons for the decline of downtown areas, and I’m sure there are good reasons for the decline of downtown Sutton. However, this is not about decline, but it’s about a resurrection of a small West Virginia community!
This summer I returned to Sutton and was surprised by what I saw. The people were redefining their downtown and there was a sense of excitement in the air. Al Surgei, owner of Summit Media, called the road between Flatwoods and Sutton, “restaurant row.” He then went on to name five restaurants along that road: Café Cimino, The Town Market, p.j. berry’s, The Century Restaurant and Stancatti’s. So I visited these restaurants in the order of coming off the interstate at Flatwoods.
You can visit them online too at www.WVyourWay.com. At the end of each paragraph about a restaurant is the category it can be found in on our Information Engine. Feel free to browse the site to find what you are searching for.
The first restaurant you’ll come to is Stancattis. It recently returned to the original owner who is restoring it to the way it used to be. You will see it on your right after you leave the cluster which has become Flatwoods.
Drive on toward Sutton and when you reach the “Y” you will see The Century Inn Restaurant sitting on your right. This is the local homestyle restaurant if you’re wanting a taste of the more traditional West Virginia cooking. The make their breads, pies and other desserts fresh daily. Actually, they make nearly everything from scratch and it’s really quite good. The also have a small gift shop where you can buy local jewelry, candles and other such items. [Restaurants – > Breakfast All Day – > Family – > Home-Style Cooking – > Take Out] [Tourism – > Candles – > Gift Shop]
p.j. berry’s is on the opposite side of the square and it’s located in the old department store bearing the name of Mr. Berry. Yes, it’s spelled all lower case, so no need to correct me on that one. This is the newest restaurant in Sutton and it reminds me of a place like the restaurant bar in the old TV show “Cheers.” However, the emphasis is on restaurant and not the bar.
The food is also very good and the prices aren’t too bad either. There is even a section set aside for crafters, which is very nice. They also serve locally brewed micro beer, which I hear is very good. I don’t drink beer, so I’ll take their word for it. [Restaurants – > Casual-Fine Dining – > Micro Brewed Beer – > Sports Bar/Grill]
The Town Market is located on the corner of courthouse square, and it offers some excellent food as well. The thing I enjoyed most about the restaurant was the menu, though. That might sound funny, but the names of the sandwiches was quite entertaining and humorous. The food was delicious and the kind a cut above the ordinary. The food is grown on their own local farm, so it doesn’t get any fresher. [Restaurants – > Breakfast – > Casual-Fine Dining – > Family]
Cafe Cimino could be called the anchor for Sutton and the revitalization of the town seems to be built on the success of this excellent restaurant. There have been many write-ups in various magazines and newspapers around the state and elsewhere that testify of the high quality of food being served. When I visited, I looked at it as a trip back in time. The restaurant is part of the country inn where you can also stay in luxury as part of the lodging facilities. The difference between a Bed & Breakfast and an Inn is the restaurant that comes with an inn. In days of yore, inns were required to not only provide a place of rest, but also a place of refreshment and a good meal.
The Inn is located in a late 1800’s mansion built P.J. Berry, a business man of wealth in the area. The food is a mediterranean/Italian style and the service is done with flair and class. This is the type of restaurant for special occasions, or when you want a delicious meal and wonderful ambiance. They also have Mountain Made Products for those interested in taking home a unique West Virginia made product. [Lodging – > Bed & Breakfast] [Restaurants – > Casual-Fine Dining] [Tourism – > Historic Homes]
So next time you’re passing by Sutton, take a little bit of time to try one of their fine restaurants and discover the other gems in this renewed town. I will write more about the rest of the town and attractions in the area soon, so come back to check it out.
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