A soon-to-open restaurant will bring a national movement to Wheeling. Born and raised in Wheeling, designer Lara Graves is throwing her hat into the restaurant business.
Graves and partner Phillip Kendall decided to take on the project about a year ago. Kendall's experience in the restaurant industry, paired with Graves' eye for design, blossomed into Avenue Eats.
"It's based off the premise of the Farm to Table idea which has really taken off in larger cities," Graves told 7News Friday.
Avenue Eats will feature fresh, never frozen, food prepared daily by their local chefs. Curiosity will likely draw many locals into the old house on the corner of Valley View and Washington Avenues.
Those locals will find a unique atmosphere as well as some unique offerings on the menu, like black bean humus, sandwiches and freshly ground burgers, all paired with local wines and craft beers.
Appealing to local vegetarians, Avenue Eats will also offer grilled tempeh, a meat substitute, in place of any meat product on any of their sandwich items.
"Those are things you are not going to find in other local establishments," Graves said.
While she is hoping to draw people in with the promise of fresh food, she's trying to create much more than just a place to eat.
"Socialize and relax a little bit more," she said. "It's something that you see in other towns, and even other countries, where there is more of an emphases on the family and the downtime, rather than just living to work."
The premise sounds like perfect fit for a jogging, biking, and dog-walking neighborhood.
"We've had a lot of great buzz from the neighborhood, people asking and wanting and waiting," Graves said. "We're just really anxious to open our doors."
Avenue Eats will open for business on Friday, February 15. The restaurant will be open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m., to 8:30 p.m.