The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Money

February 12, 2012

‘Good eats. Cool stuff.’

Mountain Vintage, a restaurant and antique shop, truly has something for everyone.

Owner and chef Michael Shifflett says he has been open for about two weeks and business is going great so far.

“I’ve been in this business since I was 14, and I had my first kitchen of my own when I was 25,” Shifflett said.

He worked at Black Knight Country Club for 10 years, and many of his patrons there have come out to support his new endeavor.

He describes the menu as “familiar food, dressed up.” He says his lunch menu, including soup and salad bar, is the same from BKCC.

Mountain Vintage serves sandwiches, burgers, salads, homemade chicken and tuna salad and much more.

Shifflett says his big sellers are the Reuben sandwich and the Big Bird sandwich, which is turkey, Swiss cheese and bacon on sourdough bread, with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise.

He began browsing at auctions and estate sales last year around this time and became increasingly interested. He rented a booth at Nancy’s Attic, and then at Classy Clutter as his inventory grew.

“I’ve heard of and been to a few places that had the restaurant and the antique thing kind of combined,” which led Shifflett to create Mountain Vintage.

He says in a way, he caters to everyone because “everybody likes to eat and ladies like to shop.”

The antiques range from old Nintendo game systems, to furniture and household items, to NASCAR collectibles and old coins. Prices vary from $1 to $600.

Mountain Vintage serves food only during lunch hours, but Shifflett says in the evening, the restaurant is open for booking. Up to 80 people can be housed for birthday parties, rehearsal dinners, meetings, or any type of gathering.

Shifflett also makes wedding cakes, and he plans to get his beer and wine license.

A very special guest will join Shifflett for the grand opening of Mountain Vintage at 11 a.m. Saturday.

West Virginia native Monte Durham, one of the stars from “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta,” will make an appearance for photos and autographs.

Shifflett said Civil War re-enactors will also join the grand opening and fire their cannon.

Mountain Vintage is at 1122 Harper Road. Business hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. daily.

For more information, check out Mountain Vintage on Facebook, or call 681-238-5825.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com

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